East Lothian £1,000,000 Euromillions jackpot goes unclaimed - but it will be used for good causes

The winning ticket holder failed to come forward and collect their winnings.

Thursday, 19th December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th December 2019, 5:26 pm

The winner of a £1,000,000 Euromillions in East Lothian has failed to come forward and collect their winnings.

The Evening News reported in July that the operator of the National Lottery was on the hunt for the ticket holder in East Lothian, and again earlier in December in the hope that the lucky winner would check their ticket and claim their winnings.

The draw, which took place on June 21, 2019, has now remained unclaimed for more than 180 days, meaning the jackpot, and the interest earned, will now go to projects set up by the National Lottery around the UK.

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The winning ticket holder failed to come forward and collect their winnings.

In total, over 1,050 projects have received National Lottery funding in East Lothian across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors since The National Lottery began in 1994.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery, 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.

“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 funded by The National Lottery.”

With all National Lottery draws, players have 180 days from the day of the draw to claim their prize if they have the winning ticket. Anyone who has any queries or who believes they have the winning ticket for any of the National Lottery draws within the 180-day deadline should call the National Lottery Line on 0333 234 5050 or email [email protected]

Anyone concerned about lost or unchecked tickets may like to consider either setting up a National Lottery Direct Debit or playing online at www.national-lottery.co.uk. Numbers can be entered in advance and lucky winners are notified online if their numbers come up. For further information call 0333 234 4433 or visit www.national-lottery.co.uk.