January 10, 2016 / 12:06 AM / 2 years ago

Two winners share record 66 million pound UK national lottery jackpot

A National Lottery sign is seen over the entrance of the newsagents where EuroMillions lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir bought their winning ticket in Largs, Scotland July 16, 2011.David Moir

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest-ever national lottery win was shared by two players, organisers said on Saturday after huge numbers of tickets were sold for the 66 million pound tax-free jackpot.

The Saturday night UK national lottery draw attracted many more players than normal, and came the same day as Americans flocked to get tickets for a record jackpot of more than $900 million in the United States' Powerball draw.

The previous biggest British national lottery jackpot was 22.6 million pounds more than 20 years ago.

British winners of the pan-European Euromillions lottery draw have received far more in recent years. The biggest win came in 2011 when a Scottish couple collected 161 million pounds.

Britain launched its national lottery in 1994. The twice-weekly game is run by Camelot, a company now owned by the teacher's pension fund for the Canadian province of Ontario, and raises over 34 million pounds for charity each week.

Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by James Dalgleish

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