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It could be you: a million reasons to hunt lotto ticket

By Aisling Scally

Christmas may have come early for Northern Ireland’s newest — and so far unsuspecting — millionaire.

The National Lottery is hoping to make the festive dreams come true for one mystery ticket holder who has scooped a cool million in its Euromillions raffle prize but doesn’t appear to know it yet.

The lucky ticket was bought in the Fermanagh/South Tyrone area almost four months ago and still lies unclaimed.

Now the National Lottery has issued a plea to help Santa arrive early for the millionaire owner.

The ticket was bought for the draw on August 3 and scooped the £1m Millionaire Raffle prize.

For every Euromillions line played, UK players automatically receive a EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle selection printed on their ticket.

In this case, the winning code is GCR760097.

National Lottery operator Camelot is urging everyone to check their pockets, cars, bins and wallets to see if you bought a lottery ticket in August.

“We’re urging everyone to check their tickets and hopefully the winner will come forward in time to enjoy an extra special Christmas,” a Camelot spokesman said.

Another winning ticket worth £216,033.10 and bought in Co Down is also still outstanding.

It matched the five main numbers and one Lucky Star in the EuroMillions draw on Friday, October 12. The winning numbers were 6, 7, 17, 35, 43 and the two Lucky Stars were 2 and 8.

This mystery winner has until 10 April, 2013 to claim the prize.

If no one comes forward to claim either winning ticket then the prize money, plus all the interest generated, will go to the National Lottery Good Causes.

If you believe you have a winning ticket for any National Lottery draw, contact 0845 910 0000.

Background

Around £2m in National Lottery prizes lie unclaimed every week in the UK. Just two months ago the owner of a £4.4m jackpot ticket bought in Co Down came forward after three months of mystery. The multi-million pound ticket, whose lucky owner asked to remain anonymous, was the second of three large outstanding lottery prizes — all in Northern Ireland — to be claimed within 48 hours.

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