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3 April 2012, 11:49
We're being told to check our old lottery tickets as a prize has gone unclaimed in the Breckland area of Norfolk.
The search is now on to find the owner of the winning ticket, bought in the Breckland District (Norfolk), who matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw on Saturday 17 March 2012. The winning Lotto numbers on that date were 1, 3, 16, 20, 37, 40 and the bonus ball was 15. The lucky ticket-holder has until 5.30pm on Thursday 13 September 2012 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 the Good Causes - adding to the £27 billion already raised through sales of lottery tickets since The National Lottery launched in November 1994.
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, Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye topped the UK singles chart at the time, while Bruce Springsteen had the number one spot in the album chart.
Football fans will remember that local team, Thetford Town, were in action on the day of the Lotto draw. The team secured a 3-1 away win over Cambridge University Press in Ridgeons League Division One. Away from sport, locals may have been celebrating St. Patrick?s Day.
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 Subscription, playing online at www.national-lottery.co.uk or on their mobile phone. 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 visitwww.national-lottery.co.uk.