A winning EuroMillions lottery ticket worth over £76million has gone unclaimed almost a week on from the draw.
The winning ticket for last Friday’s draw was sold in the UK and matched all five main numbers – 5, 15, 17, 37 and 44 – as well as the two Lucky Stars numbers, which were 7 and 11.
Camelot Group, who operate The National Lottery in the UK and are affiliated with EuroMillions, have confirmed the ticket was sold at a shop in the UK, but are unable to reveal the precise location of where it was sold until two weeks after the draw, as per their protocol with winnings of over £50,000.
The exact value of the ticket is £76,369,806.80 and it was bought on the day of the draw – Friday, November 2 – and it’s the fourth EuroMillions jackpot win in Britain in 2018.
Andy Carter, senior winners’ adviser at the National Lottery, said the winning buyer likely has no idea of the windfall, but the public are being urged to hunt down their slips and double check the numbers.
“Instead of enjoying their massive £76million windfall, the lucky ticket-holder has already let a week slip by and may be going about their everyday routine completely unaware of their amazing change of fortune,” said Carter.
“The ticket was bought in-store so you should check the places you usually keep your tickets and make sure you’ve checked them all in case you’re the missing winner.
“We have the champagne on ice and our fingers crossed that the lucky winner comes forward to claim their win soon.”
Earlier this year, EuroMillions paid out £77m to an anonymous jackpot winner in February, before another anonymous punter picked up £121m in April in what has been a fruitful year for British lottery players.
The biggest ever EuroMillions payout is €190m, which has been paid out on three occasions to punters in Spain (2017), Portugal (2014) and England (2012).
EuroMillions is a joint venture between national lottery operators from across nine participating countries.
A joint venture between lottery bodies from Britain, France and Spain led to the inaugural EuroMillions draw in February 2004, and it has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Players choose five numbers between 1 to 50 for the main numbers, followed by two ‘Lucky Star’ numbers between 1 and 11.
The odds on matching every number are around 1 in 116,531,800, with all seven numbers required to secure the jackpot.
Punters can participate in a EuroMillions draw by purchasing tickets online ahead of the Tuesday and Friday evening draws, or pop into participating outlets.