Lottery winner scoops record NZ$315m prize

GLENDA KWEK
Last updated 12:32 13/07/2011

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One lucky person or syndicate in Britain has scooped the entire EuroMillions jackpot of NZ$315 million, the website for the lottery says.

The €185 million prize for the draw, which took place on Tuesday night in Britain (this morning, NZ time), was the biggest EuroMillions jackpot ever and the largest for a single winner, EuroMillions said.

"This is amazing news," a UK National Lottery spokesman told The Sun.

"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 or holders into the National Lottery millionaires' club."

The winner, if it is a single person, would become the 418th richest person in Britain and almost as rich as the Beckhams.

The Beckhams have a personal fortune of £165 million, The Guardian reported, citing the Sunday Times Rich List.

The winner has yet to come forward.

The EuroMillions jackpot grew so much after a series of rollovers that it was capped at €185 million.

EuroMillions is jointly run by the national lotteries of nine countries - Britain, France, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland and Portugal.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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