msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 7/12/2011 8:58:24 PM ET 2011-07-13T00:58:24

A winning ticket worth $256 million in the EuroMillions lottery has been sold in the United Kingdom, but the winner or winners have yet to step forward to claim the biggest-ever lottery prize in Europe.

The amount to be claimed in British currency is £161,653,000.

"This is amazing news - we are absolutely delighted that a UK ticket holder has scooped the entire 185 million euro jackpot," a national lottery spokesman told the BBC.

According to the BBC, it the largest lottery prize ever awarded in Europe.

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