Lottery officials wait for record winner to come forward
Monday 11 October 2010
Lottery officials are hoping a lucky British jackpot winner will come forward today to claim a record-breaking £113 million EuroMillions prize.
The UK ticket-holder will become an instant multi-millionaire with a fortune to match rock stars after matching all seven numbers in Friday night's draw but they spent the weekend unaware how their life had changed.
The winner - who could be an individual or a syndicate - scooped the top prize in the draw, making it the country's largest ever lottery win.
So far nobody has come forward to collect the prize, according to Camelot.
By matching the winning numbers 9, 30, 35, 39, 46, with lucky stars 6 and 8, the millionaire joins the ranks of the rich and famous, with pots of cash to lavish on luxury homes, yachts, cars or other extravagances.
The ticket-holder will immediately become the 589th wealthiest person in Britain, according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2010.
With a tax-free prize of £113 million, their wealth will eclipse the likes of pop stars Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, who are said to be worth £110 million, Phil Collins, who has a fortune of £108 million, Rod Stewart (£105 million) and David Bowie, who has an estimated £100 million to his name.
Shopping sprees could include splashing out on a £12 million Ferrari 250 GTO, a week in a private villa on Mustique for a cool £85,000, or a couple of private jets - a Boeing 767 costs around £56 million.
Alternatively, the ticket-holder may decide to put it all in the bank.
High street banks are offering 2.75% on standard savings accounts at the moment and this would net the winners £8,500 a day in interest alone.
Until Friday's draw, the largest lottery winner in the UK was an anonymous player who scooped £84.4 million on the EuroMillions draw in May.
The latest winner defied odds of 76,275,360 to one to guess all seven numbers correctly, or placed their faith in a lucky dip.
Nigel Page and Justine Laycock, from Barnsley, Gloucestershire, previously broke the record in February after winning £56 million on EuroMillions.
After the win, Mr Page, 43, and 41-year-old Miss Laycock, moved in to a £4 million environmentally friendly mansion - leaving their old £400,000 home to their cleaner Denise Kelso.
The couple sent their congratulations to the new winner.
"It is an amazing amount of money and we wish them all the very best with their prize," they said. "We would advise them to take their time and the advice on offer and stay grounded."
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