Published : 2012-02-26 19:24
Updated : 2012-02-26 19:24
A third British ticket-holder in just over a month has won the jackpot in Europe's biggest lottery game.
The unidentified winner matched all seven numbers to scoop 54.9 million euros ($73.8 million) on the twice-weekly EuroMillions lottery.
A couple won 54.2 million euros on February 7 and another couple won 48.9 million euros on January 20 -- both were from Nottinghamshire in central England.
The jackpot is rolled over to the next draw if no one picks all seven numbers, and since January 20 the three biggest prizes have all gone to Britons.
"The UK is clearly enjoying a run of amazing luck," said a spokeswoman for Britain's National Lottery.
"It's unbelievable that we have had a third huge EuroMillions win here in the UK.
"We have plenty of champagne on ice and look forward to welcoming the lucky ticket-holder into The National Lottery millionaires' club."
EuroMillions is a pan-European tie-up between the national lotteries of France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland and Luxembourg.
A British couple holds the jackpot record, having won 185 million euros in July 2011, while the second and joint-third biggest wins were also claimed by Britons. (AFP)