£108 million jackpot for mystery EuroMillions winner


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A winner has come forward to claim the incredible £108 million jackpot from Friday night's EuroMillions draw. They have become the first British winner of the draw this year, and the fourth biggest British lottery winner of all time.

So who are they?

The winner discovered their win on Friday, and proved their identity over the weekend. They could be picking their winnings up at this very second. However, we'll never know, because they have decided not to go public.

The size of the win is astonishing. It makes them officially richer than Robbie Williams (who is said to be worth £105 million), George Michael (also worth £105 million) and Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow (said to be worth £89 million). It also makes them worth roughly twice as much as Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe and more than three times as wealthy as Kiera Knightley.

It puts them just behind a top three in the list of richest-ever British lottery winners - some of whom have become increasingly well-known.

1. Colin and Chris Weir from Largs, who became the biggest British winners in July 2011, when they picked up over £161 million. They have treated themselves to the finer things in life, but also donated large sums to charity.

2. Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk, who picked up over £148 million in August 2013. The couple have enjoyed holidays and bought new properties, although sadly they have since separated.

3. An anonymous winner. They picked up £113 million in October 2010, but they have never been revealed, and are enjoying their fortune in peace.

Would you go public?

It now means that five of the top ten biggest winners went public with the win, and five decided to keep it to themselves. The decision whether or not to tell the world seems a complex one. On the one hand people may think that everyone they know is going to find out anyway, so they have nothing to lose. Others may want to enjoy a glimpse of fame along with their new-found fortune.

However, there's no denying that this fame can prove a millstone. Adrian Bayford originally said he would continue to run his business, but was forced to close down when people targeted him to ask for money. Then the Bayfords separated, and their emotional woes must have been compounded by the press attention. And now that Mr Bayford is said to be engaged, speculation about his forthcoming nuptials have begun and the paparazzi are out in force.

Meanwhile, for Nigel Page, who became the 8th biggest British winner of all time after scooping £56 million in February 2010, the decision to go public may have cost him millions. When his ex-wife Wendy heard about the win, she put in a claim for a share of the money. They had divorced ten years earlier, but they never made a full and final settlement, so she had the right to a share in the win. It was reported that he had to pay her at least £2 million.

But what do you think? Would you go public with a lottery win?