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A lottery winner is holding on to a £1million ticket and may not even realise they could take home the life-changing amount.
Lottery players are being urged to check their past tickets to avoid the disappointment of being able to take home the jackpot for the win back on March 12 this year.
The winning ticket is for the UK Millionaire Maker but after nearly five months since and the winner has yet to come forward.
To make matters worse, the winner now has a four-week time frame to claim their winnings or lose out on the money.
Once the September 8 deadline is hit, the winnings, including interest, will be given to National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.
The winning ticket, which features the code JZLP20395, was bought in Cheshire East and officials at Camelot have appealed for the holder of the ticket to step forward.
Camelot tells punters to look through their past tickets or check their pockets, bags, sofa, underneath furniture, or anywhere you may store paperwork or where it could have potentially have been lost.
There are reportedly another five UK residents who are unknowingly sitting on £1m winnings.
One ticket was bought in Lewisham, southeast London, before the draw on January 29 and the owner never came forward before it expired at midnight on July 29.
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Speaking to The Sun, Camelot’s Andy Carter 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.
"However, the money will now add to the £36m raised on average each and every week for National Lottery-funded projects across the UK."
Another lottery heartbreak came after young couple Rachel Kennedy, 19, and Liam McCrohan, 21, from Hertfordshire missed out on the £182million Euromillions jackpot after their winning ticket payment hadn't gone through.
- National Lottery
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