Unclaimed Lottery £1m goes to charity

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A WINNING £1m ticket bought in Wealden has been unclaimed and the money, plus interest, has now gone to charity.

Despite a massive publicity campaign to find the holder of the EuroMillions Millionaire ticket, it remained unclaimed for more than 180 days after the draw which took place in November.

Therefore the money, plus the interest it earned, has now passed over to The National Lottery Good Causes.

A National Lottery spokesperson said, “Unfortunately, I can confirm that the ticket-holder did not come forward within the deadline to claim their prize and has now sadly missed out on this substantial amount of money.

“To avoid this unfortunate situation happening again,

“I would urge all National Lottery players to check their tickets on a regular basis.

“We tried very hard to find the ticket-holder and it’s a real shame that they have missed out, but there is still one winner – the nation.

“This money, and all the interest earned over the 180 days, will now go to the National Lottery Good Causes – adding to the £28 billion already raised and distributed to over 380,000 individual awards that have benefited people, communities and projects across the UK.”

The unclaimed prize from the Wealden District Council area will be added to the £28 billion that has already been raised for the National Lottery Good Causes through National Lottery ticket sales since launch in November 1994.

With all National Lottery draws, players have 180 days from the day of the draw to claim their prize if they have the winning ticket.

Anyone who believes they have the winning ticket for any of the National Lottery draws within the 180-day deadline should call the National Lottery Line on 0845 910 0000.