Saturday 21 October 2017

Scottish couple claims €183m Euro lottery prize

Colin Weir and his wife Chris
Colin Weir and his wife Chris

Independent.ie reporters

A couple from Falkirk in Scotland has come forward to claim Europe's biggest ever lottery jackpot.

The pair have stepped into the ranks of the super rich, netting a fortune of more than €183m in the Euromillions draw.

The UK National Lottery confirmed on Thursday night that the ticket had been validated and the prize money paid out.

They banked the entire EuroMillions jackpot after several rollovers - a total of €183m.

The couple matched all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars.

The massive jackpot was capped at €185m after a series of rollovers made it the largest ever in Europe.

The winning numbers were 17, 19, 38, 42 and 45, and the Lucky Stars were 9 and 10.

The couple have become the 430th richest in Britain - leapfrogging Ringo Starr, Sir Tim Rice and the Marquess of Bath on the Sunday Times Rich List.

They will fall only slightly short of David and Victoria Beckham.

Under Lottery rules the winners could have decided to remain anonymous and hope their new found wealth is not noticed.

However they have decided to make their good fortune public.

While some past winners have been able to keep their good luck secret, others have been outed by friends or the media.

The announcement last night ended 48 hours of scrambling across Britain as lottery players rushed to checked to check whether they had won.

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