�68,000 Lotto prize goes unclaimed

AN unclaimed lottery prize worth more than �68,000 will now be donated to good causes after nobody came forward to collect it.

Elliot Furniss

AN unclaimed lottery prize worth more than �68,000 will now be donated to good causes after nobody came forward to collect it.

The deadline for picking up the winnings was on Monday evening at 5.30pm - six months after the ticket was purchased somewhere in the mid Suffolk area.

The unclaimed prize will be added to the staggering �23billion that has already been raised for the Good Causes pot through National Lottery ticket sales since it was launched in November 1994.

A National Lottery spokesman 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.

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“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 will now go to the Good Causes, adding to the �23billion which, over the last 15 years, has funded the biggest programme of civic regeneration seen in the UK since the 19th Century.”

The ticket had matched five numbers and the bonus ball for the main Lotto draw held on Wednesday June 10.

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