The top prize had to be won on Saturday after the jackpot cap of £22 million had been hit in the previous draw. As nobody matched all six main numbers, the full amount had to be given away to the next winning tier. Only one ticket holder matched five main numbers plus the Bonus Ball, pocketing the gigantic cash sum all for themselves.
The numbers drawn were 10, 17, 35, 41, 51 and 54 with Bonus Ball 25, and players are now being urged to check their tickets. Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at the National Lottery, said: “Needless to say we have plenty of champagne on ice and are ready to celebrate with our latest winner.”
Saturday’s winner, who has 180 days to come forward and claim the prize, became the seventh player to land a Lotto jackpot of over £20 million in 2016. The record for the largest prize in the game’s history was also broken when two ticket holders split £66 million last January.
Saturday’s draw also featured 100 extra Lotto Raffle codes, worth £20,000 each, as 2016 finished in fine style. The first Lotto draw of the new year will take place on Wednesday, with a jackpot of £2 million on offer, and players will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Saturday’s big winner to kick off 2017 in perfect fashion.