A Cambridgeshire Lotto millionaire has missed out of the chance to claim the prize, which will now go to good causes.
The ticket, bought in Huntingdonshire for the special Lotto draw on 10 October, 2015, when 25 millionaire were created in one night, has remained unclaimed more than 180 days after the draw took place.
The deadline for the winner to claim their £1,000,000 prize was midnight on Thursday April 7.
As the deadline has now passed the money, plus the interest it earned, has now gone to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.
The National Lottery changes lives of individuals as well as communities – players raise on average, over £34 million for National Lottery-funded projects every week.
Since 1994 a staggering £34 billion has been raised by National Lottery players, which has been awarded to National Lottery-funded projects across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors.
A National Lottery spokesperson 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 amazing prize. 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 0844 338 7551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 0845 912 5000 or visit www.national-lottery.co.uk.