Record-Breaking Lotto Ticket Was Sold in Worcester
Last Updated: Friday 22nd January 2016, 11:50
Nearly two weeks after a record-breaking Lotto draw that saw two ticket holders split £66 million, lottery officials have revealed the location where one of the winning entries was sold in an attempt to find its owner. With rumours swirling in the media as to where the golden line might have been purchased, it was confirmed late on Thursday afternoon that the ticket was sold in Worcester for the draw on Saturday 9th January. Whoever holds the winning ticket has matched the six main numbers of 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58.
Lottery officials typically wait a fortnight after the relevant draw before releasing details about where a winning ticket worth over £50,000 was purchased, and seem to be shocked that no one has claimed the other £33 million by this point, claiming in the Daily Mail that the situation is “highly unusual”. There are some concerns that media reports alleging that the winning ticket was sold in Lancashire or Oxfordshire may have misled players - including the participant who held one half of a record Lotto fortune.
Part of the record-breaking jackpot was claimed in a matter of days when Scottish Borders couple David and Carol Martin were revealed as winners from the life-changing draw. However, no further information has been made public about the missing Lotto winner from Worcester, though a Camelot spokesperson did say that a small number of people in their organisation knew where the ticket was sold.
In a press release on the Camelot website, a National Lottery spokesperson was quoted as saying “We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket holder and unite them with their winnings and we’re urging everyone to try checking in the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags, down the back of the sofa and anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.” They urged players who think they may have lost or binned the winning ticket to contact lottery officials straight away as Camelot can only pay out winnings on lost tickets within 30 days of the draw.
If the jackpot winner doesn’t stake a claim by Thursday 7th July 2016, the entire eight-figure prize, along with any accrued interest, will be donated to the Good Causes Fund and would be the largest windfall to go unclaimed since a EuroMillions jackpot of £63.8 million that was won in June 2012 expired in December of that year without a winner coming forward.
You can visit the Lotto Results page for Saturday 9th January 2016, the date of the draw in question, to see if you’ve won anything and haven’t yet realised it; you don’t have to be living in Worcester to bag a cash sum, but if your home is along the banks of the Severn and you bought a ticket for the history-making Lotto draw two weeks ago, you just might be in the money!