Mystery player wins £1 million

A mystery EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle winner has banked £1 million without ever touching a ticket.

The lucky punter, known only as Miss B from East Sussex, banked her huge cheque in the record-breaking EuroMillions draw on Friday, July 27, which created 100 millionaires all here in the UK.

Miss B was playing EuroMillions through one of the handy interactive channels - National-Lottery.co.uk or Play by Text.

So far 92 millionaires have claimed their £1 million cheque meaning the draw has smashed the world record for the most millionaires made in a single draw.

A National Lottery spokesman, who remained tight-lipped on whether the winner was from 10066 Country or not, said: “Well done to Miss B, she has banked this amazing prize with just a few simple clicks – she didn’t even have to pick up a ticket. If you play interactively, not only do we check your numbers, we also let you know you have won – it couldn’t be easier.”

Hastings has seen several people win the jackpot in the National Lottery.

Mick Maplesden, of St Helen’s Road, who died aged 66 in April 2009, won £4,060,995 in 1997.

He and his family travelled the world, attended glamorous parties, moved house twice and bought and sold Hastings United Football Club.

He also made sure his family were never short of money, treating everyone to a share of the lottery winnings.

Mr Maplesden was well-known throughout town as someone who always gave his time to help various charities.

Mark Gardiner, a glazier, also won a share of £22.6 million in 1995.

The National Lottery’s interactive channels, including National-Lottery.co.uk, provide a simple and easy way to play, with no tickets to lose or need to check numbers.

Interactive winners have the opportunity to release their name, remain anonymous or, like this winner, release some details through partial publicity.

At National-Lottery.co.uk, players can buy tickets for all of The National Lottery’s draw-based games, including Lotto, EuroMillions and Thunderball. Once they have registered and set up an account at National-Lottery.co.uk, they can also play a range of online Instant Win Games.

They can also use the Play by Text service on their mobile phone to enter any of The National Lottery’s draw-based games.

* Do you know who the winner is? Email the Observer at observer@trbeckett.co.uk.