The jackpot was won in the draw on 2nd November, but it took six weeks for Clark to come forward and collect his winnings. In that time speculation mounted in the media as to whether the winner would come forward at all or whether the lucky ticket had been lost. All winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim, but it is unusual for jackpots to go more than a couple of weeks without being claimed.
The truth is that it took Clark, who is a builder by trade, that long to find the ticket. He had collected a stash of unchecked tickets from recent draws in his van and he only checked to see if they were winners at his partner's urging. The winning ticket was found in one of the visors.
“Trisha kept telling me to check the tickets," Clark said, "and her niece Louise, who I was building an extension for, was also in on it once she’d heard about the unclaimed prize in the news.
“It was something of a standing joke that I had all these tickets while there was a local prize outstanding, so for weeks they were on at me to check.” He also said that a previous bunch of tickets had been blown out of the window of his van and he was relieved that the winning ticket was not one of them.
Before he came forward, a media campaign was launched in the Boston and Skegness area to raise awareness about the unclaimed prize. Not long after that Camelot announced that the winning ticket had been presented to them.
It then took a week or so for the prize claim to be validated, before Clark was unveiled to the media in a ceremony in Grantham on Friday. He is the 12th-biggest lottery jackpot winner in the UK.
Now that he has claimed the windfall, Clark plans to retire and use the money to help out friends and family. He said, "This Christmas is going to be a quiet affair, but next year will be a different story."
The EuroMillions jackpot is already back up to £90 million after going nine draws without a winner. You can be in with a chance of winning by buying a ticket from any lottery retailer or by choosing your numbers online.