NEWS
14/07/2011 14:21 BST | Updated 13/09/2011 06:12 BST

UK Winner Of Record £161 Million EuroMillions Claims Prize

PRESS ASSOCIATION - Europe's biggest-ever Lottery winners have been named as couple from Largs in Ayrshire.

Husband and wife Colin and Chris Weir scooped Tuesday's £161 million EuroMillions jackpot, and decided to go public about their good fortune.

They banked the entire EuroMillions jackpot after several rollovers - a total of £161,653,000. The massive jackpot was capped at 185 million euro making it the largest ever in the UK and Europe.

The couple matched all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars. The winning numbers were 17, 19, 38, 42 and 45, and the Lucky Stars were 9 and 10.

The win will catapult them into 430th place in this year's Sunday Times Rich List. They claimed the prize on Thursday.

The Weirs have displaced former postal worker Angela Kelly from East Kilbride who became Scotland's biggest winner in August 2007 when she scooped £35,425,411.80 in the EuroMillions jackpot.

At the time the postal worker was also Britain`s biggest Lottery jackpot winner but her win has since been far surpassed.

Before the Largs couple struck lucky the record was £113 million scooped in October 2010. The winner remained anonymous.

Speaking last October before that winner claimed the prize, she said: "A EuroMillions win not only means you can change your own life but also the lives of the people closest to you, and it is that which particularly brings me a great deal of joy."

The Weirs were unveiled as the winners at the Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa in Polmont, near Falkirk.