EuroMillions £170m jackpot winner comes forward to claim biggest ever UK prize

A UK ticket-holder has come forward and claimed the life-changing £170million EuroMillions jackpot to become the country's biggest ever winner.

The player matched all five main numbers – 07, 10, 15, 44, 49 – and the two lucky stars – 03, 12 – in Tuesday's draw following the longest-ever series of rollovers.

The whopping amount is set to change their lives and will make them richer than Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, believed to have a net worth of about £37million, and pop star Cheryl, reported to have a net worth of around £20million.

They are expected to also be wealthier than actress Dame Helen Mirren, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

National Lottery used Twitter to confirm the winner has come forward.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery, said, "This is the biggest win ever on The National Lottery and we look forward to helping the ticket-holder start to enjoy their new found wealth.

"By buying a ticket for EuroMillions or any other National Lottery game, every player is helping to raise money for Good Causes. On average, around £30 million is raised every week for projects across the UK, both big and small, including funding everything from local community projects to supporting the nation’s athletes."

The UK has had 79 jackpot winners since EuroMillions launched in 2004, including five this year.

Andy Carter, senior winners' adviser at The National Lottery, said: "One incredibly lucky ticket-holder has scooped the enormous £170million EuroMillions jackpot.

"They are now the UK's biggest ever winner.

"It's been a fantastic year for UK EuroMillions players, with an amazing five jackpot wins.

"In June, one lucky ticket-holder, who chose to remain anonymous, became one of the UK's biggest ever winners after scooping a £123 million jackpot.

"As always, the team are on hand to support and help guide the new winner as they start their adventure with their life-changing win."

The £123m lucky ticket-holder in June has never revealed their identity and Camelot, which runs the National Lottery and EuroMillions, would not say whether it was an individual winner or a syndicate.

It has been a particularly successful year for Britons in the EuroMillions this year, with several jackpots claimed.

In the New Year's Day draw, Patrick and Frances Connolly , from Northern Ireland, won the £114.9 million EuroMillions jackpot.

Patrick, 54, who had bought a Lucky Dip online, discovered their amazing success after checking their numbers on several websites.

Sliding back in his chair in disbelief, he then turned to partner of 30 years Frances, 52, and asked her: “Do you want the good news…?”

The couple said they sat in silence after they realised they had won, struggling to take it in.

Frances said in January: “We don’t really do excited – perhaps I raised my voice just a bit at the time when I found out – but we celebrated with a cup of tea and a hug.”

Ade Goodchild,  58, banked £71m in March and quit his job at a metal factory.

He celebrated by enjoying a takeaway and watching the Six Nations with his mum and dad.

He vowed to “spend, spend, spend” and treat his family. He also said he wanted to splash out on a new home with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a large garden.

And he set his sights on travelling to the Grand Canyon and the Pyramids in Egypt.

He said at the time: “I’m not one of these winners who is going to say this win won’t change me. It bloody well will or at least I’ll give it a damn good go.”

Meanwhile, the biggest ever winners in the UK are Colin and Chris Weir from Largs in North Ayrshire, Scotland, who won £161m in July 2011.

They said they were “tickled pink” after their whopping win.

The couple were catapulted into the Sunday Times Rich List above Beatle Ringo Starr and Sir Tom Jones.

They bought a mansion – which they later upgraded to a bigger one nearby – and a fleet of cars.

An anonymous ticket-holder also bagged £35.2m in April.

Meanwhile, another Briton won £1m in the Millionaire Maker Selection game on Tuesday.


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