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Lotto Winner Leaves it Late to Claim £4.6 Million Jackpot

Last Updated: Wednesday 9th March 2016, 09:38

A Lotto player from the Borough of Barking and Dagenham has made full use of the 180-day deadline for claiming prizes after coming forward to collect £4.6 million just before their ticket expired. There had been fears that the jackpot from the Lotto draw on Saturday 12th September would go unclaimed, but the ticket was finally cashed in this week with just three days to go.

A National Lottery spokesman said: “We're delighted that the winner of this amazing prize has now come forward and we hope that they will enjoy their win. It would have been awful if the ticket holder had missed out on this substantial and life-changing amount of money.”

Every Lotto ticket in the UK remains valid for 180 days from the date of the draw, but after that time any unclaimed prizes are donated to the Good Causes Fund. Take a look at the section on claiming lottery prizes to find out more about how you can get your hands on your money depending on the level of your win.

It is always a good idea to check your numbers quickly to make sure you don’t miss out on any reward you might be due, and if the lucky winner from Barking and Dagenham had discovered their good fortune just a few days later they would have wound up empty-handed. You can use the Lotto Checker to see if any of the numbers you have played in the last six months have landed you a prize.

The Lotto jackpot currently stands at £14.5 million ahead of tonight’s draw following a run of four rollovers, and you can buy tickets by either playing online or visiting an authorised retailer. will have the winning numbers up straight after the draw has taken place, so keep an eye out to see if you’ve become a multimillionaire. Good luck!

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