A LOTTO winner who had their £58 million jackpot claim accepted hours before the deadline has now been paid out the huge sum.
Camelot revealed today they had transferred the EuroMillions fortune to the mystery punter who bought the lucky ticket in South Ayrshire.
And it emerged their identity might never be revealed – as the player has not agreed to go public at this stage.
Camelot’s Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve been able to pay out this amazing EuroMillions jackpot prize to the lucky ticket-holder.
"We hope that they will enjoy their win.
“By buying a ticket for EuroMillions or any other National Lottery game, every player is helping to raise money for good causes.”
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The operator added that unless the winner “opts to take publicity and signs an agreement to that effect, no further information can be released about their win.”
They had previously been expected to confirm the player had left it too late to claim the life-changing sum as the six-month deadline to bag the massive prize loomed on midnight on Sunday.
A claim for the £57,869,670 jackpot was made in April but officials said at the weekend that they had not validated a winning ticket.
Then on Monday morning Camelot announced validation was being finalised.
It is not clear if the winner staked their claim on Sunday or if the April claim was reviewed.
The ticket — numbers 5, 7, 8, 16 and 20, with the Lucky Stars 2 and 12 — was bought in person at a shop on March 17.
The winner is now as rich as ex-One Direction star Harry Styles, worth an estimated £58million.
And it comes less than two years after Aberdeenshire couple Fred, 69, and Lesley Higgins, 59, scooped a similar amount.
In 2011 Colin and Chris Weir, of Largs, Ayrshire, became Scotland’s biggest lotto winners after scooping £161million.
Players are given 180 days to make claims before the cash goes to good causes.
The jackpot was close to becoming the eleventh not to have been claimed. In 2012 a £65million EuroMillions win was given away.
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