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A potential millionaire in Leeds, England, has failed to claim their UK Lotto prize, meaning that their prize goes into the National Lottery good causes fund.

The person bought the UK Lotto ticket for a drawing on the game back in February, and it won the Lotto Millionaire Raffle, entitling the ticket holder to a £1 million prize. Unfortunately, however, the deadline to claim that £1 million prize was at midnight on Thursday, August 23rd, and last week the National Lottery announced that the winner had not come forward. A couple from nearby Batley in Yorkshire won £6.6 million on the UK Lotto five years ago and recently revealed that they hope to win again.

Camelot, the company which oversees the National Lottery, has stipulated that winners of both the UK Lotto and EuroMillions lottery must come forward within 180 days. A spokesperson for the National Lottery, Andy Carter, announced the news. Earlier this year we revealed that twelve National Lottery tickets worth £1 million each were still unclaimed across the country, while an Australian Powerball jackpot worth $55 million was still unclaimed five months after the drawing took place.

“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.” Mr Carter encouraged lottery players to check their tickets for lottery games on a regular basis to avoid this happening again, and hopefully the next UK Lotto winner will come forward in time. A recent study revealed that players have more chance of winning the UK Lotto if they live in certain areas of the country, including Yorkshire, where this winner was from.

“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,” he said, referring to the fact that unclaimed National Lottery prizes go into the good causes fund and are used to contribute to charities and causes across the UK and around the world. “This money will now go to benefit projects like City of Leeds sea Cadets Corps, all over the UK funded by the National Lottery.” Recently the National Lottery awarded £312,086 to an Age Matters project run by a mental health charity.

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