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We're live in Worcester this evening to hear more about the city's £33m lottery winner, confirmed by operators Camelot this afternoon.
Join us from 18:30 on BBC One in the West Midlands.
- 9 January 2016: The draw was made, with a record top prize of £66m available after 14 weeks without a jackpot winner
- 10 January: Camelot announces there are two tickets bearing the winning numbers
- 13 January: Carol and David Martin, a couple from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, announce they are one of the winners and in "total shock"Copyright: BBC
- 21 January: With one £33m-winning ticket still unclaimed, Camelot announces it was bought "in the Worcester area"
- 25 January: Hundreds of people claim to have a lost or damaged winning ticket including one potential claimant who feared she put hers through the wash
- 28 January: Camelot announces it has tracked down the winning ticket which was not subjected to a review - the winner has remained anonymous
Lottery prizes may be higher in the USA - the latest Powerball jackpot was $1.6bn (£1.1bn) - but winners don't get to keep it all, unlike the UK equivalent.
The US government levies a 39.6% federal income tax on the winners, and the payout will also be subject any taxes that the winners' home states may impose.
However if the lucky winner of £33m, who's from Worcester, tries to pass the money on it would be subject to inheritance tax.Copyright: AFP
Here are the latest headlines on the lottery jackpot story:
- Camelot say the holder of the winning ticket, bought in Worcester, has come forward
- The winner doesn't want to be named and Camelot says it has "a duty of care to protect the anonymity"
- Winner of a previous £22.5m jackpot says the ticket holder should take it "day-by-day"
To put the UK's £66m record jackpot into perspective here are the top jackpots from across the world:
- Spain - El Gordo - €2.24bn (£1.68bn)
- USA - Powerball - $1.6bn (£1.1bn)
The holder of Worcester's winning £33m lottery ticket should "enjoy it" but also "take it day-by-day", according to a previous jackpot winner.
Mark Gardiner from Hastings shared a £22.5m lottery win with a colleague in 1995.Quote Message: It's a fantastic feeling, but take it easy, take it day-by-day, because there are going to be lots of people who are going to advise [the winner] on how to send the money. from Mark Gardiner Lottery winner
The winners of the other half of the record £66m National Lottery jackpot, are David and Carol Martin, both aged 54.Copyright: PA
"If we had won £50,000 we would have probably been dancing round the living room," said Mr Martin.
"But when we were sitting looking at each other and we had won £33m we didn't speak to each other for about five minutes."
The couple from Hawick in the Scottish Border said they intended to take early retirement as soon as possible.
Grandfather John Baxter, who won £1m on EuroMillions in 2013, said: "I went to the supermarket and splashed out a tenner on new slippers.
"I couldn't think of anything else I really needed."
Camelot said the fact that a ticket had been validated within 180 days of the draw meant it had not been submitted under its lost, stolen destroyed or damaged policy.
In the days since the winning numbers were announced, the lottery operator says it has been inundated with claims.Copyright: BBC
The £66m jackpot was won on 9 January after 14 consecutive rollovers.
At the time, Camelot said that if the two tickets were held by individuals, each them would be the joint biggest National Lottery winners.
Changes to the number of balls in the lottery draw have made a win statistically less likely.
This pushed out the odds of picking six correct numbers from one in 14 million to one in 45 million.Copyright: BBC
In October last year, Lotto operator Camelot added 10 extra balls to the draws taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, taking the number from 49 to 59.
The holder of the winning lottery ticket worth £33m has chosen to remain anonymous, Camelot says.
The lottery operator says under its licence to operate it has "a duty of care to protect the anonymity of all National Lottery winners" and "no further details" would be released.Copyright: PA
Euromillions winner Colin and Chris Weir have given some of their fortune to the SNP and they have invested in Partick Thistle Football Club, helping it become debt-free.Copyright: PA
A mere £12.4m will buy you eight acres of paradise in the Bahamas.
Gumelemi Cay is supplied with electricity, water and cable TV but it is otherwise a blank canvas for today's lottery winners to transform into their own oasis. You can find more ideas on what the money could buy in this BBC article.Copyright: Thinkstock
A 1992 Boeing MD 87 VIP to fly there will cost £6m.
It boasts a stateroom, with its own bed and en-suite, as well as a nine-seater first-class cabin for VIPs.
There is also a "clubroom" for six passengers and a premium coach for another 21 people.Copyright: Thinkstock
A record £66m Lotto jackpot was drawn on 9 January, with Camelot announcing there were two winners.
A couple from Hawick quickly came forward, but a failure to identify the second ticket-holder led the lottery operator to reveal more details, including that it was bought in Worcester.
Earlier this week Camelot said hundreds of people had come forward to claim the winning ticket.Copyright: BBC
"We’re delighted that the winner of this amazing prize has now come forward and we hope that they will enjoy their win," a spokesperson for Camelot says.
"It would have been awful if the ticket-holder had missed out on this substantial and life-changing amount of money. We would like to remind all National Lottery players to check their tickets every time they play.”
Camelot says it has received a valid claim on the £33m Lotto jackpot winning ticket bought in Worcester.
The winning ticket-holder wants to remain anonymous, the lottery operator says.
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