Mystery EuroMillions winner 'may go public': organisers

21st October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The British ticket-holder who won 129.8 million euros on the EuroMillions Lottery was on Thursday considering whether to go public on the record-breaking jackpot, organisers Camelot said.

The winner, who could be an individual or a syndicate, finally claimed the 180 million dollar prize on Wednesday, almost two weeks after the winning numbers were drawn on October 8.

Camelot, Britain's lottery operator, said it had been contacted by more than 1,000 people claiming to have lost the winning ticket after the jackpot went unclaimed for 12 days.

The would-be claimants included people who admitted they did not even know whether the ticket they had mislaid matched the winning numbers.

A Camelot spokesman was unable to say why it had taken so long for the winner, who defied odds of 76,275,360 to one to pick all seven correct numbers, to come forward. The delay has cost them an estimated 8,500 pounds (13,400 dollars, 9,600 euros) in interest a day.

The prize is the biggest ever in the EuroMillions draw, beating the record set last year by a Spanish player who won 126,231,764 euros.

If the winner is an individual, they have instantly become the 589th wealthiest person in Britain, according to a 2010 "rich list" compiled by the Sunday Times newspaper.

The fortune would make them wealthier than veteran pop stars Rod Stewart and David Bowie.

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

© 2010 AFP

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