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EuroMillions jackpot of £81m won by UK ticket holder

An £81m EuroMillions jackpot has been claimed by a British ticket holder.

The prize, won in Tuesday's draw, is the sixth-largest ever paid to a UK lottery winner.

Lottery company Camelot said earlier the winner was considering "whether to go public", but later confirmed the ticket holder would remain anonymous.

British winners have claimed more than £4bn in prizes since EuroMillions draws began in 2004, and 61 UK tickets have won all or part of a jackpot.

The latest prize of £81,381,673 was won by a ticket with the numbers 34, 38, 13, 8, 26 and Lucky Star numbers 3 and 11.

"The claim has been validated and the prize is in the process of being paid out," said the Camelot spokeswoman.

Winning a large sum can be an "overwhelming and emotional experience", according to Camelot's website, and winners are given advice on how to cope with their new-found wealth.

The largest EuroMillions jackpot claimed to date was won by Colin and Christine Weir, of Largs in Scotland.

The couple won £161 million in July 2011.

They have since set up the Weir Charitable Trust to improve quality of life in Scotland.

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