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Third UK EuroMillions Winner of 2016 Scoops £51.8 Million

Last Updated: Friday 27th July 2018, 14:48

A single ticket holder became the third UK player of 2016 to hit the EuroMillions jackpot on Tuesday 12th April, pocketing a remarkable £51.8 million. It capped off a fantastic week for the country’s lottery players, landing just six days after a Lotto player wrote themselves into the record books as the game’s biggest-ever winner on a single ticket by banking £35.1 million on Wednesday 6th April.

Last night’s lucky EuroMillions player matched the numbers 1, 5, 9, 22 and 38 plus Lucky Stars 2 and 10 to scoop the eight-figure EuroMillions bounty, the game’s second biggest jackpot of the year. As soon as they discover their good fortune, they will be able to join their compatriots, a £24.7 million winner from Friday 12th February and the lucky player who received £24.6 million on Tuesday 23rd February, on Millionaires’ Row. See the EuroMillions Results page for a full prize breakdown from the most recent draw.

It was confirmed this week that Lotto’s biggest-ever winner had chosen to remain anonymous rather than pick up a giant cheque and spray a bottle of lottery-branded champagne in front of the nation’s press. Now, the country’s most recent EuroMillions winner must also decide whether to share their news or to keep it secret once they have contacted lottery bosses.

Many lottery winners who opt to attend a press conference admit they receive bundles of begging letters following their announcement, some genuine and some not. However, big EuroMillions winners like Chris and Colin Weir of Largs in Ayrshire and Neil Trotter from Coulsdon, Surrey, who claimed £161.6 million and £107.9 million respectively, also insist that they would not have been able to hide the fact that they had won such huge amounts. "I didn't want to disappear and hide,” said Trotter after his March 2014 success, “I didn't think that would be possible. I didn't want to be deceitful to all my friends." Lottery officials offer the same financial and emotional support and guidance to winners whether they choose to share their news or not.  

Tonight’s Lotto draw will offer an estimated jackpot of £6.7 million, with Friday’s EuroMillions top prize resetting to its base value of £11 million. Both amounts could change your life forever, so make sure you snap up lottery tickets online or from authorised retailers in good time and check the Lottery Results page soon after the draws take place to see if you can follow in the footsteps of these big UK winners!

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