Where Was The Ticket Sold?
The ticket was bought in the Boston and Skegness Parliamentary Constituency for the draw on 2nd November. It matched the numbers 5, 15, 17, 37 and 44, plus Lucky Stars 7 and 11, and was the only winning entry across all nine participating countries.
UK players have 180 days to claim prizes and can decide whether to go public or stay anonymous, so it is the National Lottery’s policy not to disclose any information about where winning tickets are sold straight away. Participants can come forward whenever they are ready and may not wish for these details to be announced.
However, the location has now been released in an effort to make sure the prize is definitely claimed in time. By announcing where the ticket was sold, it is hoped that players in the Boston and Skegness area will check their entries for the draw on 2nd November if they have not already done so.
What If The Ticket Has Been Lost?
The announcement has also been made now in case the winning ticket has been lost, stolen or destroyed. If you lose a ticket, you need to submit an appeal within 30 days of the draw taking place and provide detailed information about where and when you bought your entry.
You should also say how many lines you played and when you think the ticket was lost. The appeal will then be thoroughly investigated as the information you provide must match up with the National Lottery’s records. If there is sufficient evidence that you bought the winning ticket, the prize may be paid out after the 180-day deadline has passed. In the meantime, anyone who comes forward with the winning ticket has a right to claim the money.
When Is The Deadline?
If you think you might have lost the winning ticket, you need to lodge a claim in writing by 2nd December, while the final date to come forward for the prize is 1st May 2019 if you have the all-important entry with you.
Andy Carter, the National Lottery’s Senior Winners’ Advisor, said: “Our player services team are on standby waiting for the ticket holder to come forward and claim their prize. They have great expertise in helping winners embrace life-changing wins and making sure that they are able to start to enjoy their new found wealth as quickly as possible. They will be on hand every step of the way to guide the ticket holder through the winning experience.
“We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket holder and unite them with their winnings and we’re urging everyone to try checking in the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags, down the back of the sofa and anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding – 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.”
The win on 2nd November was the 10th-largest EuroMillions prize in the country’s history, and the first jackpot win since Fred and Lesley Higgins pocketed £57 million on 10th July. The Aberdeenshire couple were able to claim their prize despite the winning ticket being torn in two and thrown in the bin, showing that it is still possible to be paid out even if there has been an accident with the ticket.
Go to the How to Claim page to find out exactly what you need to do if you are a winner. Even if you missed out on the £76 million jackpot, there are gigantic prizes up for grabs every Tuesday and Friday evening.