£250,000 Unclaimed Lottery Prize

6 June 2011, 13:02 | Updated: 6 June 2011, 13:25

A Lotto Plus 5 top prize has not yet been claimed in the Portsmouth area - National Lottery players are being urged to check and double-check their tickets.

The winning numbers from Thursday 19 May 2011 were 3, 17, 20, 24, 44, 45 and the bonus ball was 5 – the lucky ticket-holder matched the six main numbers in the game. They now have until 5.30pm on Tuesday 15 November 2011 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 £25 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 Plus 5 players' memories, Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO topped the UK singles chart at the time, while
Adele was at the top of the album chart with 21.

Cricket fans will remember Hampshire Royals lost to the Northants Steelbacks in the Clydesdale Bank 40 match the day before the draw. While on the evening of the draw locals may have been to see Olly Murs live in concert at the Portsmouth

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 visit www.national-lottery.co.uk.