St Albans Euromillions winner fails to claim £1million prize
PUBLISHED: 16:41 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:41 03 July 2017
It could have been enough money to change someone's life.
But a person who bought a winning Euromillions ticket in St Albans has missed out on a £1million jackpot - after failing to claim the prize in time.
The winner bought the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker ticket in the Hertfordshire city last year, winning on December 27 last year.
Most people who would have won that sort of money would have been in contact straight away to Camelot, the organisers of the National Lottery, to arrange collection of their winnings - and not to mention crack open a bottle of the most expensive bubbly in celebration.
But strangely no-one came forward to collect the prize after buying the ticket with the code TKKW 52614.
Runners representing The National Lottery even joined the St Albans Half Marathon on June 11 dressed as butlers to try and jog people’s memory.
However despite their efforts, the winner’s time has now run out as they failed to claim the prize in the 180-day deadline, which passed at midnight on Sunday, June 25.
The National Lottery winners’ advisor Andy Carter 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.
“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 benefit projects all over the UK.
“I would urge all National Lottery players to check their tickets on a regular basis.”
St Albans City Youth FC and Transition St Albans have both benefited from lottery money in the past.
It is not the first time someone from Hertfordshire has failed to claim their National Lottery winnings.
Martyn Tott, from Watford, became known as the unluckiest man in Britain after losing his winning ticket which would have netted him £3million.
He was able to prove through computer records that he did buy the ticket but Camelot refused to pay out.