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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 April, 2005, 05:00 GMT 06:00 UK
UK misses out on 43.9m jackpot
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The biggest individual lottery prize was 197.4m, won in the US
Britons have missed out on the National Lottery's biggest jackpot, with a player in Switzerland winning the 43.9m EuroMillions prize.

The jackpot led to a 400% surge in UK ticket sales before Friday's draw.

The jackpot was the largest to date in the weekly draw, for which tickets sell in Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, France, Luxembourg, Spain and the UK.

National Lottery operator Camelot said "one mystery player" in Switzerland had "just become very, very rich".

The total jackpot was 43,960,693.

The winning numbers were 7, 11, 25, 31, 50 and the Lucky Stars were 3 and 1.

Camelot said next week's EuroMillions jackpot would be an estimated 10m.

Previous records

The biggest jackpot pool in the domestic National Lottery was in 1996, when the jackpot had rolled over to reach 42m. But the prize that week was split between three ticket-winners.

The National Lottery's biggest single jackpot prize was the 22,590,829 won by Paul Maddison and Mark Gardiner in 1995.

But the largest lottery jackpot competed for anywhere in the world was for $350m (192m) in the US in May 2000. Two tickets shared the Big Game lottery prize.

The largest individual lottery win was also in the US, where Andrew Whittaker won $314.9m (197.4m) playing Powerball in 2002.



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