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2 November 2010, 05:00
A Lotto prize of £53,948 has yet to be claimed in the Borough of St Edmundsbury, so National Lottery players are being urged to check and double-check their tickets for the chance to claim this life-enhancing prize in time.
The search is now on to find the owner of the winning ticket, bought in the Borough of Edmundsbury, who matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw on Saturday 19 June 2010. The winning Lotto numbers on that date were 34, 37, 39, 41, 42, 47 and the bonus ball was 45. The ticket-holder has until 5.30pm on Thursday 16 December 2010 to make their claim.
If no-one comes forward with the winning ticket before the prize claim deadline, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to the Good Causes - adding to the £24 billion already raised through sales of lottery tickets since The National Lottery launched in November 1994.
It comes just a few weeks after someone from the St Edmundsbury area claimed a prize worth nearly £300 thousand after more than a month.
A National Lottery spokesperson said: "We're desperate to find this 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 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."
To jog Lotto players' memories, the country was digesting England's 0-0 draw against Algeria on Friday 18 June in the World Cup. Those not avidly following the football may have visited the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 19 June, where a Band Night was in full swing.
Anyone who believes they have the winning ticket for any of the National Lottery draws within the 180-day deadline can call the National Lottery Line on 0845 910 0000.
For further information call 0845 912 5000 or visit www.national-lottery.co.uk.