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23 February 2015, 11:42
The search is on for the Northants winner of an unclaimed £2.5million jackpot.
An amazing Lotto jackpot prize worth £2,598,424 has yet to be claimed from a ticket bought in the Districts of South Northamptonshire & Daventry.
National Lottery players are being urged to check and double-check their tickets for the chance to claim this life-changing prize.
The search is now on to find the owner of the winning ticket, bought in the Districts of South Northamptonshire & Daventry, who matched all six numbers in the Lotto draw on 7 February, 2015.
The winning Lotto numbers on that date were 3, 6, 15, 17, 18, 35 and the bonus ball was 22. The lucky ticket-holder has until 6 August, 2015 to claim their prize.
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 help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.
The National Lottery changes the lives of individuals as well as communities - players raise, on average, over £33 million for National Lottery-funded projects every week.
A National Lottery spokesperson 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."
To help jog Lotto players' memories about what was happening around the time of the draw in question, football fans may remember that locally-based football clubs, Northampton Town and MK Dons, were in action. On Saturday 7 February The Cobblers welcomed Morecambe to the Sixfields Stadium in Northampton for their League Two fixture, and continued their decent run of form with a 2-1 home win.
On the same day - this time in League One - the MK Dons played out a 0-0 draw at home to Bristol City. Away from sport, locals may have taken a trip to Northampton's Royal and Derngate Theatre to see comedian, Ross Noble, perform his show Tangentleman.
Anyone who believes they have the winning ticket for any of the National Lottery draws within the 180-day deadline should call the National Lottery Line on 0845 910 0000.
Anyone concerned about lost or unchecked tickets may like to consider either setting up a National Lottery Direct Debit or playing online at www.national-lottery.co.uk. Numbers can be entered in advance and lucky winners are notified online if their numbers come up. For further information call 0845 912 5000 or visit www.national-lottery.co.uk.