January 27, 2008 / 12:00 PM / 11 years ago

Mystery lotto winner scoops 18.9 million pounds

LONDON (Reuters) - Lottery organiser Camelot was waiting on Sunday to hear from a ticket holder who scooped 18.9 million pounds in a triple rollover jackpot, the sixth largest UK Lotto prize.

In this handout photo taken in London X Factor finalists Hope are keeping their fingers crossed that the ticket holder of the winning 18.9 million pound Lotto triple rollover draw will come forward to claim the huge prize. REUTERS/The National Lottery/handout

“We have the champagne on ice, but nobody has come forward as yet,” a spokeswoman for Camelot told Reuters after a punter selected the winning numbers 1, 2, 6, 13, 38, 43 and the bonus ball of 24 in Saturday’s draw.

“If someone has the winning ticket please give us a call, though we won’t be able to validate the winning ticket until Monday,” the spokeswoman said.

In the run-up to the draw — only the fourth triple rollover jackpot in the game’s 13-year history — Camelot had been expecting three million ticket sales per hour.

The first Lotto triple rollover was in May 2004 when six ticket holders each won 3.7 million pounds.

The second saw Irene and Ronald Jones from the West Midlands and a syndicate of 14 postal workers share 18.7 million pounds in October 2006.

The last triple rollover was in November when two tickets each won 8.8 million pounds.

The previous biggest non-rollover lottery win went to Paul Maddison and Mark Gardiner in June 1995 when they scooped 22.5 million pounds on the Lotto game.

Angela Kelly became Britain’s biggest lottery winner in August 2007 when she scooped a 35 million pound EuroMillions jackpot.

On Friday one lucky ticket holder from Spain won 56 million pounds in the EuroMillions draw.

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