£161m Euromillions prize claimed

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The UK winner of Europe’s biggest-ever lottery jackpot of £161 million is deciding whether or not to go public.

A total of £161,653,000 has been paid out after the ticketholder’s numbers came up in Tuesday night’s EuroMillions draw.

Camelot said the ticket-holder, who matched all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars, is currently deciding whether to face the glare of the media or remain anonymous.

It is not yet known if the prize has been won by an individual or a syndicate.

The massive jackpot was capped at 185 million euro after a series of rollovers made it the largest ever in the UK and Europe.

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

Two other UK-based lottery players won £1.7 million after matching five numbers and one Lucky Star.

Until Tuesday’s draw, the largest lottery winner in the UK was an anonymous player who claimed £113 million in the EuroMillions in October last year.

If the ticket is held by a single player, it will catapult them into 430th place in this year’s Sunday Times Rich List.