People are being urged to check their national lottery tickets as a huge £1 million prize is still waiting to be claimed.
The winning lottery ticket was purchased earlier this month in Northern Ireland but no one has yet claimed the life-changing amount.
It was purchased at Co Antrim and matched the five main numbers and the Bonus Ball in the June 3, 2023 lottery draw.
The winning numbers are 4, 13, 15, 20, 22, 59 and the Bonus Ball is 17.
To claim the prize, lucky ticket holders have until November 30, 2023 to proceed.
Anyone who doesn’t have their ticket, for whatever reason, but thinks they do require authentication can still claim it by writing to the Camelot lottery organisers, but this must be done within within 30 days from the date of dialing.
“We are trying to find this mysterious ticket holder and unite them with their winnings,” said Andy Carter, senior advisor to winners at the National Lottery.
“This amazing award can really make a huge difference to someone’s life.
“We urge anyone who has purchased tickets in this area to double-check their old Lotto tickets – the easiest way to do this is through the National Lottery app – and by searching anywhere can hide a lost ticket.
“On the lottery, everyone with a ticket that matches the five main numbers and the Bonus Ball is guaranteed to win a staggering £1 million, so it’s definitely worth taking a moment to check in your pocket. shirt, wallet, bag and the back of the sofa for that missing ticket.
“We have champagne on the rocks and our fingers cross each other as the lucky winner comes forward to claim their win.”
Andy added: “Incredibly, there have been 174 millionaires earned in Northern Ireland since the first National Lottery draw in 1994, with Northern Ireland placing impressively second among all regions. area in the UK for the number of millionaires earned from the lottery.
“The figure includes a staggering 36 winners over the past three years, which means an average of one more National Lottery millionaires have been added every month since 2020 (April 1, 2020 – March 31). year 2023).
“This mysterious millionaire is about to join these 174 lucky people, all they need to do is dig up the missing ticket and claim their prize.”
Players can purchase and check tickets online by downloading the National Lottery app or via the website national-lottery.co.uk.
People can also buy and check tickets at retail stores.
If no one comes to claim the winning ticket before the deadline, the prize money, along with all the profits it generates, will be used to help National Lotter-funded projects across the UK.
The appeal comes after lottery players were also urged to check their tickets after a £10,000-a-month prize went unclaimed.
One lucky player matched the five main numbers and the Ball of Life in the Set For Life draw on June 5, 2023.
The winning Set For Life numbers on that day were 2, 5, 21, 34, 35 and the Life Ball was 6.
Lottery bosses reveal the winning ticket was purchased in South Holland County, Lincolnshire.
The right ticket holders have until December 2, 2023 to claim their £10,000-a-month prize.
It comes after a man was devastated when his ex won the £14.5m lottery jackpot – and immediately told him he wouldn’t see a dime .
Elsewhere, a mother who won £55,000 on the Postal Code Lottery has revealed exactly what she will spend the money on.
HOW TO GET HELP
Gambling addiction can be extremely serious.
If you or a loved one is affected by gambling addiction, there are a number of places you can seek help:
- National Problem Gambling Clinic: An NHS specialist clinic for gamblers (England and Wales only, for people aged 16 and over).
- GamCare: The UK’s main support and advice organization, and runs the National Gambling Helpline (0808 8020 133).
- Anonymous Gambler: A charity that uses the same 12-step approach as Alcoholics Anonymous.
- GamAnon: A support group for family and friends, run by the people behind Gamblers Anonymous.
- The Samaritans: 24-hour service for people with suicidal thoughts (116 123).
- Subline: Toll-free helpline for under-18s (0800 1111).
There are several different treatments available for gambling:
- Residency program: around the clock for particularly serious gamblers.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy: A type of talk therapy, with six to 15 sessions, can be prescribed by the NHS.
- Hypnotherapy: Through the power of suggestion, therapists hope to change problematic patterns in their clients’ minds.
There are also several ways you can handle gambling at home:
- Block your access to gambling: Block gambling sites and stay away from casinos, betting shops and even pubs with slot machines.
- Give others control of your money: This eliminates the temptation to chase losses, or try to gamble to get out of debt.
- I’m busy: As with any addiction, you will go through a phase of withdrawal. Keep yourself busier than usual for the first week or so.
- Talk: Talk to a therapist/medical professional and open up to at least one trusted friend/family member.