£57.8million EuroMillions Jackpot winner identified and paid

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Lottery chiefs have paid out a staggering £58 million jackpot to a mystery Brit.

Camelot, operator of The National Lottery, confirmed it has validated the £57,869,670 EuroMillions jackpot prize won on a ticket bought in South Ayrshire for the draw on Tuesday, March 17.

Sunday, September 13, was the deadline to claim the money before the enormous sum went to charity.

The National Lottery previously urged the mystery ticket-holder to come forward at the end of March.

It is unclear whether the claim came right before the deadline or was an existing claim still being processed.

Camelot's Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve been able to pay out this amazing EuroMillions jackpot prize to the lucky ticket-holder.

"We hope that they will enjoy their win.

“By buying a ticket for EuroMillions or any other National Lottery game, every player is helping to raise money for Good Causes.

"On average, around £30M is raised every week for projects across the UK, both big and small, including funding everything from local community projects to supporting the nation’s elite athletes.”

Unless the winner of a major National Lottery prize opts to take publicity and signs an agreement to that effect, no further information can be released about their win.

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The current highest unclaimed jackpot is a more modest £1m.

In October last year, a British ticket holder won the UK's biggest ever EuroMillions jackpot with a bumper £170m fortune.

The previously biggest UK jackpot was a £162m prize won by Chris and Colin Weir in July 2011.

Thanks to National Lottery players, up to £600M is being used by charities and organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak across the arts, community and charity, heritage, education, environment and sport sectors.

This includes up to £300M in funding support from the National Lottery Community Fund which is being used to help groups best placed to support people and communities through the crisis – from helping support food banks and causes that combat isolation, to providing support for the elderly and projects that promote health in the community.

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