British EuroMillions winner to remain anonymous: lottery

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The British ticket-holder who won a record 129.8 million euros on the EuroMillions Lottery has decided to remain anonymous, organisers Camelot said on Thursday.

"The lucky ticket-holder of the 113,019,926-pound (180-million-dollar) EuroMillions jackpot prize, from the draw on Friday 8 October, has decided to remain anonymous," a spokesman said.

"Therefore no further details about this prize, or the location where the winning ticket was purchased, can or will be revealed."

The winner finally claimed the prize on Wednesday, almost two weeks after the winning numbers were drawn, during which time Camelot said it was contacted by more than 1,000 people falsely claiming to have won.

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

Camelot was unable to confirm whether the genuine ticket-holder was an individual or a syndicate, nor could it say why the winner took so long to come forward -- the delay cost them an estimated 8,500 pounds interest a day.

They defied odds of 76,275,360 to one to pick all seven correct numbers.

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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