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£1.8m Lottery winner still hasn't claimed prize: ticket bought in Newry and Mourne District

By Harriet Crawford

Have you any wrinkled old Lottery tickets in your coat pocket?

Check the one you left to languish on your fridge, down the back of your sofa, or in your jeans - because you could be a millionaire and not even know it.

Someone in Northern Ireland has won a cool £1,796,081 jackpot prize and forgotten to claim it.

So the search is now on for the charmed owner of the winning ticket.

It was bought in the Newry and Mourne District and matched all six numbers in the Lotto draw on Saturday, November 29.

This is the biggest current unclaimed prize in Northern Ireland, though not the largest ever.

The biggest win that was never spoken for was a £7m ticket bought in Belfast in 2004.

Players of the National Lottery are being urged to check and double-check their tickets for the chance to claim the potentially life-changing prize.

The winning Lotto numbers on that date were 6, 11, 18, 19, 38, 42 and the bonus ball was 17. The ticket-holder has until May 28 next year to claim their prize.

To help jog Lotto players' memories about what was happening around the time of the November draw, football fans may remember that local club Warrenpoint Town were in action on Friday November 28.

The team travelled to Ballinamallard United in the hope of a much needed win in their bid to stay in the Danske Bank Premiership, but were defeated 3-1.

A National Lottery spokesman said: "We're eager to find the mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings - this amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody's life. We're urging everyone who bought a Lotto ticket in this area to check their old tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.

"Try checking in the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags and down the back of the sofa - someone out there could literally be sitting on a fortune.

"We have the Champagne on ice and our fingers crossed that the lucky winner comes forward to claim their win."

Winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim their prize. If no one comes forward with the winning ticket before the deadline, then the prize money will go to National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

What could you buy with £1.8m?

A luxury pad such as 63 Connor Road, Parkgate, (£1.5m, Templeton Robinson).

This Co Antrim home has a wine cellar, a cinema room, garaging and workshops and a barbecue room. Its luxury also includes a hand-painted kitchen, a carved wooden fireplace, reclaimed wooden floors and automatic sunset and sunrise interior designed blinds.

100ft yacht (£1.75m). If you've got enough to buy this yacht, you'll also be able to fork out for the five-person crew required to serve your 10 guests from the boat's chef galley and serving bar.

There's plenty of entertainment on offer too, with a jetski, ocean canoe, water skis, wakeboards and a Bose home cinema system.

A Chinese tank (£1.66m).

The ZTZ 99 was introduced into service with the People's Liberation Army in 2001. It comes with a 1500hp diesel engine and a laser defence system.

A submarine sports car (£1,279,083).

Make like James Bond and drive the only car that navigates underwater realms as easily as it cruises on land. It was inspired by the submarine Lotus driven by Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me.

Tibetan Mastiff (up to £1.16m).

These dogs are billed as the most expensive dogs in the world and have become a status symbol of China's super-rich, where they are thought to bring luck, health and security. A puppy was sold at a luxury pet auction in eastern China to a 56-year-old property developer for £1.16m in March this year.

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