£264k Lotto prize remains unclaimed in North East Lincolnshire
DO YOU remember when Grimsby Town’s away game at Mansfield was called off due to a water-logged pitch?
Well, it could have been the day you scooped more than £200,000 on the National Lottery, too!
An amazing £264,317 is yet to be claimed in North East Lincolnshire, and lottery players are being urged to check – and double-check – their tickets from the Saturday, December 29 draw.
If you matched five numbers of 6, 8, 31, 37, 40 and 48 and the bonus ball of 36, then the cash is yours.
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A National Lottery spokesman 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, and would be a great way to start 2013.
“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 players’ memories, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother by The Justice Collective topped the UK singles chart at the time, while Emeli Sande was at the top of the album charts with the offering Our Version of Events.
Locally, tributes were paid to Councillor John Colebrook, a stalwart politician who died aged 75.
And two community figureheads were recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.
It was announced that Gerald Parkes, the founder and owner of Parkway Cinemas, was to be made an MBE, and Geoff Bartholomew, who runs the Discoveries Football Club, was to receive a newly reintroduced BEM (British Empire Medal), for 40 years’ work with youth football in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
The lucky ticket-holder has until Thursday, June 27, to claim their prize.
If no one comes forward with the winning ticket by then, the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to The National Lottery Good Causes – adding to the £29 billion already raised through sales of lottery tickets since The National Lottery launched in November 1994.
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 9100000.
A BUMPER Lotto win – now wouldn’t that be very, very welcome for a large percentage of the population in North East Lincolnshire!
A jackpot of £264,000 would certainly brush away the January blues and see someone over the financial headache that often arises just after Christmas.
So, come on, do what the Lotto organisers are saying and search through those pockets and drawers.
Someone out there must remember buying a ticket on that particular date and not checking whether or not their numbers had come up.
The news of this unclaimed Lotto win in our area came on the same day that a National survey revealed how a large percentage of the British public are hoping for a jackpot in order to see them into old age.
This is a startling revelation and must surely reveal the lack of confidence the British people have for their future or that the policies being put into place will indeed look after them in their old age. There must also be an inability to save for retirement, for whatever reason.
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