180 Days To Claim Prizes
The lucky winner matched the numbers 5, 7, 8, 16 and 20, plus Lucky Stars 2 and 12, to become the first UK jackpot winner of 2020. It was the only entry from across Europe to match the full winning line, bringing an end to a sequence of four rollovers.
It was announced straight after the draw that the winning ticket had been sold in the UK, and the location has now been narrowed down even more in an attempt to jog the memories of players from South Ayrshire in Scotland.
“We're desperate to find this mystery ticket holder and unite them with this massive prize which could really make a huge difference to somebody's life,” said the National Lottery’s Senior Winners’ Advisor Andy Carter. “We're urging everyone who might have bought a EuroMillions ticket in this area to check their old tickets or look for any missing tickets at home."
The winner has 180 days from the date of the draw to come forward and claim their money, so the final date for this prize is 13th September. If they fail to claim in time, the jackpot will be given to the Good Causes Fund.
It is quite common for players to wait a while to claim prizes. It may be because they have not yet got round to checking their ticket or because they are taking their time to get advice before coming forward. A player from Dorset who won $40 million on 3rd December did not stake their claim for more than three months.
Restrictions Due To Coronavirus
The latest winner also has to deal with the restrictions on movement currently in place around the UK due to coronavirus. Everyone in the country has been told they should only go out for essential work or supplies, or to exercise once a day.
Major prizes in the UK must be claimed in person as there are stringent verification checks needed before such significant payments can be made. The National Lottery has therefore introduced new processes to ensure that big prizes can still be paid during this extraordinary time. The winner should contact the lottery directly on 0333 234 50 50.
EuroMillions draws are currently set to continue as normal during the pandemic, but in the UK there is a limit on how far in advance you can play due to uncertainty over what could happen. It is only possible to play up to and including Tuesday 14th April.
Find the latest EuroMillions Results after every draw and take part online rather than going to a retailer so that you do not have to come into contact with others.