Northamptonshire's mystery Lotto winner finally comes up with lucky £1million ticket
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The winner matched five main numbers and Bonus Ball in the February 27 draw but Camelot, which runs the Lotto, put out appeals for the lucky ticket-holder to come forward after the money went unclaimed for nearly three weeks.
The only clue they had was the ticket was bought somewhere in Northamptonshire and so launched their appeal for players to urgently check their numbers.
That night's winning Lotto numbers were 4, 33, 36, 39, 45, 49 and the bonus ball was 20.
Finally, the winning ticket landed at Lotto HQ within the 180-day time limit and now the holder faces an anxious wait to have their prize confirmed.
Once the ticket has been validated and paid, the ticket-holder will then decide whether or not to go public and share their amazing news. There will be no information on whether it is an individual or syndicate winner, or where the ticket was purchased, unless the ticket-holder decides to go public.
Camelot’s Andy Carter, senior winners’ advisor at The National Lottery, said, “What amazing news for this lucky ticket-holder who has claimed their prize. We will now focus on supporting the ticket-holder through the process.
“In the current situation, we’re encouraging everyone to check their tickets online at national-lottery.co.uk or by downloading the National Lottery app, and to only buy their tickets in retail in line with government guidance.
"Playing online via the website or app means that your ticket is checked, and you get an email notification if you win a prize. You can also scan your retail tickets on the National Lottery app to check if you're a winner.”
Thanks to National Lottery players, more than £1billion is being used by charities and organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, which includes over £400million in funding support from the National Lottery Community Fund which is being used to help groups best placed to support people and communities through the crisis.