Having purchased an entry for the EuroMillions draw on Tuesday 27th December last year, the fortuitous lottery fan, whose luck could be about to run out, successfully matched the UK Millionaire Maker code TKKW 52614. However, despite the best efforts of National Lottery officials, the winner is still yet to make themselves known.
In an effort to raise awareness of the prize and remind players to check their old tickets, National Lottery representatives even dressed as butlers to take part in the St Albans Half Marathon on Sunday 11th June. In an interview with The Hertfordshire Advertiser before the run, race director Katie Foweraker said: “We’ve had Roman centurions and fairies running in the St Albans Half Marathon before but I think in its 36 year history this is the first time we have had memory-jogging butlers.” With the event attracting a vast number of runners and spectators from the local community, Katie seemed adamant that the stunt would prove successful.
Andy Carter, the National Lottery’s senior winners’ advisor, was also present to hand out a few helpful words of advice to the absent-minded participant: “The ticket was bought for the EuroMillions draw on 27 December, just a couple of days after we’d celebrated Christmas and when we were all wrapped up warm against the winter chill, so try checking in the pockets of winter clothes, or in wallets, bags and even down the back of the sofa – someone could quite literally be sitting on a fortune and the clock is ticking,” he said.
Should the claimant fail to come forward before Sunday’s deadline, then it will be the second time in less than two weeks that a £1 million reward has not been claimed in time. This follows a ticket holder from the Huntingdonshire area who missed out on an identical Millionaire Maker prize after the deadline of Wednesday 14th June passed. Andy Carter was present to break the news to lottery lovers of the UK: “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,” he said. “To avoid this unfortunate situation happening again, I would urge all National Lottery players to check their tickets on a regular basis.”
With every second now proving crucial, any ticket holder who believes they have a legitimate claim should contact The National Lottery Winners’ Line on 0844 338 7551 as quickly as possible. Should they miss out on the prize, the money will be handed over to the National Lottery Good Causes Fund, which is used to support charitable projects in every corner of the UK.
As players in St Albans desperately scramble to find their old EuroMillions tickets, the rest of the continent will have their sights firmly set on tonight’s jackpot of £64 million (€73 million). To be in with a chance of winning, you can pick your numbers online or play via any authorised retailer in participating countries. Best of luck!