British winner claims record Euromillions prize: lottery

20th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The British ticket-holder who won a record 129 million euros (181 million dollars) on the Euromillions lottery has claimed the prize almost two weeks after the draw, organisers said Wednesday.

Camelot, the operator of the British national lottery and one of the original launch partners in Euromillions, refused to say who had won the October 8 jackpot of 129,818,431 euros but confirmed it had now been paid out.

"The claim has been validated and the prize has been paid out," a Camelot spokeswoman said.

"The ticket-holder is currently deciding whether or not to go public and share their news."

The prize is the biggest ever in the Euromillions draw -- the previous highest winner was a Spanish player who netted 126,231,764 euros in May 2009.

The Euromillions lottery, launched in 2004, is now played by nine countries across western Europe: Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

© 2010 AFP

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