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56m EuroMillions jackpot is UK's biggest lottery win

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The EuroMillions game is played by people across nine countries

A UK ticketholder has won Britain's biggest lottery prize, with a jackpot of £56,008,113 in Friday's EuroMillions game, the National Lottery has said.

A total jackpot of £112m had been on offer but it was split, with the other winning ticket bought in Spain.

National Lottery operator Camelot confirmed that a member of the public had come forward to claim the stake.

It is the fourth time in three months that a British winner has scooped more than £25m in the EuroMillions draw.

Last November, Les Scadding, 53, and wife Samantha Peachey-Scadding, 38, from Caerleon, south Wales, won £45.5m on EuroMillions.

A further £45.5m was won in the same draw by a syndicate of IT workers at Hewlett Packard in Liverpool, dubbed the "Magnificent Seven".

This is fantastic news - we're absolutely delighted to have such a massive UK win
National Lottery spokesman

John Walsh, 57, James Bennett, 28, Sean Connor, 32, Alex Parry, 19, Emma Cartwright, 23, Ceri Scullion, 35, and Donna Rhodes, 39, each banked £6.5m.

Then in January, there was a another huge EuroMillions prize for the UK - this time for £26.1m.

The winners, from Dorking in Surrey, played as a family syndicate, made up of Colin Sturt, 53, his brother Gary, 51, sister Teresa, 44, and their father George, 76.

Into the Rich List

The winning numbers were 1, 5, 18, 38, 45, and the Lucky Star numbers were 4 and 6.

Camelot said that, subject to validation, the prize could be paid out when banks open on Monday.

It is not yet known whether the latest winning ticket belongs to a syndicate or to an individual, who would automatically gain a place among the UK's richest people.

Last April, the annual Sunday Times Rich List revealed that it took £55m to be ranked among the country's 1,000 most wealthy people - and that threshold was falling.

Based on figures from last year, the UK's newest lottery winner has a wealth that outranks Noel and Liam Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, as well as TV chef Gordon Ramsay.

A National Lottery spokesman said of the latest win: "We are looking forward to welcoming this ticketholder to our millionaires club, which is already 2,400 strong."

In a statement, Mr Scadding and Ms Peachey-Scadding said they "can't believe we have been knocked off the top spot so soon".

But they added: "We wish the new winners all the very best and hope they enjoy their new lifestyle as much as we do ours."

Across Europe, the record EuroMillions win is £113m by a single ticket-holder from Spain in May last year.

EuroMillions is played in nine countries - the UK, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Irish Republic, Portugal and Switzerland.

Other than EuroMillions, there are a number of other lotteries played in countries around Europe. The record for the biggest win came on the Italian SuperEnalotto, when a ticket-holder banked £128m in August.

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