COULD IT BE YOU? Unclaimed £1 million lottery prize winner bought ticket in Preston

Check your EuroMillions tickets now!  Photo credit: Camelot/PA Wire
Check your EuroMillions tickets now! Photo credit: Camelot/PA Wire

The National Lottery is hunting for a EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker million pound prize winner who bought their ticket in Preston but has not yet claimed their cash.

Every week Millionaire Maker guarantees to create two UK millionaires – one on Tuesday and one on Friday – but the lucky winner from the draw on Tuesday January, 5, 2016 has still to check their ticket and claim their prize.

Now players in Preston are being urged to check and double-check their unique EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker code for the chance to become an instant millionaire.

For every EuroMillions line played, UK players automatically receive a Millionaire Maker code printed on their ticket,

The winning code on 5 January was GXC726529 and the lucky ticket-holder has until Sunday 3 July, 2016 to claim their prize.

And a National Lottery spokesperson says they are desperate to find the secret millionaire and give them their winnings.

They 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.

“Being able to guarantee two UK millionaires every week with EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker is fantastic and we’re urging everyone who bought a EuroMillions ticket in this area to check their old tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding, so that this prize can turn someone into the newest member of the lottery millionaire club.

“Try checking in the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags and down the back of the sofa. We have the champagne on ice and our fingers crossed that the lucky winner comes forward to claim their win.”

If no-one comes forward with the winning ticket before the prize claim deadline, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK. The National Lottery changes the lives of individuals as well as communities – players raise, on average, over £34 million for National Lottery-funded projects every week.

Anyone who has any queries or 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: 0844 338 7551 or email: help@national-lottery.co.uk

Here are some stories from our archive about Lancashire luck in the National Lottery:

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