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13 February 2012, 13:20 | Updated: 13 February 2012, 13:26
We're being told to check old lottery tickets for an unclaimed prize of £77, 000.
While Cupid’s bow may have fired the first shot, The National Lottery is poised to potentially deliver another shot of adrenaline to set hearts a-flutter and get people swooning in South Norfolk this Valentine’s Day, where there is a £77,702 lottery prize still to be claimed.
Why pass up the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style? To ensure that the special lottery player in their life ends up rich as well as gorgeous, all those romantics out there are being urged to hunt for what could make the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift – the missing Lotto ticket. Just imagine what £77,702 could do for someone’s love life on 14 February.
The winning ticket purchased in South Norfolk matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw on 31 December 2011. Thewinning Lotto numbers on that date were 7, 11, 37, 38, 42, 44 and the bonus ball was 2. The lucky ticket-holder has until 5.30pm on 28 June 2012 to come forward and 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 £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 missing ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings – this really could be the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and show your partner how special they really are.”
“We have the champagne on ice and a dozen red roses at hand, as well as our fingers crossed, that the lucky winner comes forward to claim their win.”
With all National Lottery draws, players have 180 days from the day of the draw to claim their win if they have the winning ticket. 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 atwww.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 visit www.national-lottery.co.uk.