Dudley’s £1.2m Lotto winner fails to claim prize within deadline
DUDLEY, U.K – A DUDLEY resident has missed out on almost £1.2m lottery money after failing to claim their prize in time. The winning ticket, purchased in the town expired last night at 5.30 p.m. The £1,197,899 prize will go to National Lottery funds for good causes.
The prize expired 180 days after the Lotto draw on Saturday, May 29.
Lottery officials have been desperately trying to seek out the winner over the past few months as the deadline closed. They even held a super car event earlier this year, showcasing some of the top cars which could have been bought with the cash.
A countdown clock for the final 24 hours until the deadline was also launched by the Mayor of Dudley, in a bid to remind residents to check their ticket again.
A statement from the National Lottery read, “Unfortonately, 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 will now go to the Good Causes, adding to the £25 billion which, over the last 16 years, has funded the biggest programme of civic regeneration seen in the UK since the 19th Century.”
Published: November 26, 2010