British ticket-holder wins record 129 million euros: lottery

9th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

A ticket-holder in Britain has won a record 129 million euros (181 million dollars) on the Euromillions lottery, organisers said Friday.

The winning ticket netted a total of 129,818,431 euros. The previous highest winner was a Spanish player who in May 2009 won 126,231,764 euros.

Camelot, the operator of the British national lottery and one of the original launch partners in Euromillions, said nobody had yet claimed the prize.

"This is fantastic news -- we're absolutely delighted to have such a massive UK win," a Camelot spokeswoman said.

"This is the biggest lottery jackpot prize ever paid out to an individual in this country. We have plenty of champagne on ice."

Friday night's winner was the only one of tens of millions of players to tick all seven correct numbers across two different grills -- claiming the prize against odds of 76,275,360 to one.

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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