Lottery officials did their best to raise awareness about the missing winner, even collaborating with a local pub to produce a special ale. Gadds Ramsgate Brewery created a European-style ale called “Just the Ticket” in the hope that the name and publicity surrounding the brew would jog the memories of local residents.
Some of the projects that benefit from lottery cash based near to where the ticket was bought include the Oasis Domestic Abuse Service in Margate and the revitalisation of Broadstairs seafront promenade and gardens. In addition to any unclaimed prizes, the Good Causes Fund receives 56p from every £2 EuroMillions and Lotto ticket bought in the UK. Read more about these lottery-funded programmes at the Good Causes page.
It is important that you thoroughly check any physical tickets that you buy for EuroMillions, paying attention to the numbers from the main draw as well as the winning Millionaire Maker code. You should also sign the back of the entry and keep it in a safe and memorable place.
Winners on EuroMillions, Lotto, Thunderball and Lotto HotPicks must make themselves known to the claims team within 180 days of the relevant draw, or they will miss out on a potentially life-changing prize, just like the unfortunate player from Thanet. Playing EuroMillions online is the best way to avoid losing out because you will be contacted by email if you are due a prize and there is no actual ticket to accidentally damage or misplace.
EuroMillions tickets for tonight’s £22 million bounty are on sale now, online and from authorised retailers, up until 7:30pm BST (8:30pm CEST). Good luck!