Monday 19 March 2018

Dolores McNamara’s record win beaten by €185m ticketholder

Andrew Hough

Limerick woman Dolores McNamara’s record €115m Euromillions jackpot was surpassed last night when a single British ticket holder scooped €185m - the biggest ever lottery jackpot in Europe.

The ticket holder, who has not been identified, now becomes the 430th richest person in Britain if they are not a member of a syndicate.

Mrs McNamara was previously the largest individual prizewinner in European lottery history when her quick-pick won a nine-week rollover jackpot on July 31 2005.

Last night’s winning numbers were 17, 19, 38, 42 and 45, and the Lucky Stars were 9 and 10, which authorities say had odds of 116 million to one.

The winner will almost be better off than David and Victoria Beckham, with their fortune of £165m, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

They are worth now more than Sir Keith Mills, the founder of the Air Miles and Nectar cards (£160m), Tamara Mellon, the founder of Jimmy Choo shoes, Ringo Starr, the former Beatle, (both with fortunes estimated at £150 million) and Sir Tim Rice, the lyricist who co-wrote the musicals Evita and The Lion King (£143m).

A spokeswoman for Camelot, the Lottery operator, said: "This is amazing news – we are absolutely delighted that a UK ticket holder has scooped the entire €185 million jackpot, which at the current exchange rate is a massive £161 million.

“We’ve got the champagne on ice and look forward to welcoming the ticket-holder(s) into the National Lottery millionaires’ club."

The exact amount to be claimed by the winner is £161,653,000.00 while two other UK-based lottery players also won £1.7 million after matching five numbers and one Lucky Star.

The top prize would earn €10,608 per day in interest, which equates to €3.8m per year.

The win dwarfs that of the €145m won by a ticketholder of the Italian lottery in August 2009.

That winner, from Bagnone, Tuscany, a town with a population of 2,000, was Europe's previous largest-ever lottery jackpot.

Meanwhile, four months previously €125m was won by a Spaniard in the Euromillions draw.

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.

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