The winner unfortunately didn’t claim their prize within the six-month deadline (Picture: Getty)
A mystery London lottery winner has just lost out on £1 million after failing to claim their life-changing prize by the deadline.
The winning Millionaire Maker ticket, with a code of VSHS38986, was bought from a shop in Lewisham, south London, on January 29.
But the secret winner never came forward to claim the prize ahead of the six-month deadline, expiring at midnight this morning.
Camelot has now revealed that the winner has now missed out on a staggering £1 million.
Andy Carter, senior winners’ advisor at The National Lottery, said: ‘Unfortunately, I can confirm that the ticket-holder did not come forward within the deadline to claim their prize and has now sadly missed out on this substantial amount of money.
‘However, the money will now add to the £36 million raised on average each and every week for National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.’
Camelot’s Mr Carter urged all players to make sure they check their tickets after numbers have been drawn.
People have been urged to check their tickets to make sure they don’t lose out on a win (Picture: Getty)
He said: ‘We’re encouraging everyone to check their tickets online at national-lottery.co.uk or by downloading the National Lottery app, and to buy or check their tickets in retail in line with government guidance.
‘Playing online via the website or app means that your ticket is checked, and you get an email notification if you win a prize.
‘You can also scan your retail tickets on the National Lottery app to check if you’re a winner.’
The Lotto loss comes after a mother, who won almost £28 million, carried around her winning ticket in her purse for weeks without realising.
The 45-year-old only realised she might have won when she decided to try her luck and play the German-based Lotto Bayern again.
She said she planned to use her lucky windfall to take care of her family, live a healthy life, and invest in more eco projects.
The highest amount ever bagged on the EuroMillions in the UK was £170 million, claimed by an anonymous winner in October 2019.
In April, two lucky Brits, who chose to remain anonymous, scooped two staggering jackpots with the first taking home £59 million.
That same month another winner scooped £122 million – becoming the fifth highest-winning Briton the National Lottery has ever seen – landing them a spot on The Times Rich List.
In June, north London shopkeeper Mehmet Ozer revealed he had won the lottery for the third time in 10 years, taking home a win of more than £600,000.
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