A mystery winner is now four times richer than singer Adele and becomes the joint 908th richest person in the country after the Briton scooped a mind-boggling £81 million on the EuroMillions jackpot.
The mystery winner's life changing sum is not the largest ever won on the lottery but puts the ticket-holder sixth on the National Lottery Rich List. The UK-ticketholder is just £10m short of the music legend Brian May, who is worth £90m, but can boast of being four times richer than Adele, who has a fortune of £20m.
A National Lottery spokesman said: “We've been giving the rest of Europe a chance to win big this year but Lady Luck is clearly shining back down on the UK once again.
“This new jackpot winning ticket-holder flies into sixth place in the exclusive National Lottery Rich List just behind an anonymous ticket-holder who won £84.4 million in May 2010.
“The run of luck for UK players doesn't end there - this Friday, EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle guarantees that one lucky ticket-holder will win £1 million a month for a whole year.
“To be in with a chance of becoming a millionaire twelve times over, National Lottery players need to buy a ticket for Friday's EuroMillions draw.”
According to The Sunday Times Rich List 2012, winning £80 million would make you the joint 908th richest person in the country. The as-yet unnamed Briton can now make plans to buy a luxury penthouse, a tropical home or a new car.
The winner, once they claim their prize, can also purchase their own Greek island, a Lamborghini Veneno at a cost of £2.5 million or a dinosaur bone-encrusted iPad 2 Gold History edition for £5 million with their winnings. They could also buy one of the UK's most expensive homes in Regent's Park in London, which sold in March for £80 million.
The winning numbers were 34,38,13,08,26 and the Lucky Star numbers were 03 and 11.
Additional reporting, PA
The big spenders who lost it all
The “Lotto lout” won £9.7m on the National Lottery in November 2002, aged 19, but the former dustbin man was on the dole last year after blowing his entire fortune on drugs, prostitutes and gambling.
The 16-year-old won £2.9m on the National Lottery in 2003 and reportedly splashed her cash on homes, cars, clothes and cocaine. Last year, she said she had just £100,000 left.
She hit the headlines in 1961 when she won £152,319 (worth about £3m today) on the pools and announced she would “spend, spend, spend”. She did just that, and was later declared bankrupt.
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