Clock ticks on unclaimed £64m prize

Maldon and Burnham Standard: The winning ticket was bought in the Stevenage and Hitchin area of Hertfordshire for the EuroMillions draw on Friday June 8 The winning ticket was bought in the Stevenage and Hitchin area of Hertfordshire for the EuroMillions draw on Friday June 8

The clock is ticking for one mystery lottery winner who has less than 24 hours to claim a £64 million prize.

The potential multimillionaire has until 11pm to claim their £63,837,543.60 riches before the ticket expires.

The ticket was bought in the Stevenage and Hitchin area of Hertfordshire for the EuroMillions draw on Friday June 8.

The National Lottery has been desperately searching for the holder by raising awareness in the area through adverts and posters - with even a town crier proclaiming the win from a Lamborghini.

The missing ticket-holder matched all five numbers - 5, 11, 22, 34 and 40 - and both Lucky Star numbers - 9 and 11.

All lottery players have been urged to check their tickets and perhaps even search some of the more unusual places where "lost" tickets have been found in the past.

Top spots where tickets have been discovered include down the back of the sofa, in a car sun visor and more unusually inside a tin of cat treats.

Number one spot was in a bin bag that was about to be collected, according to anecdotal evidence from the National Lottery.

If the prize goes unclaimed, the money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to the National Lottery Good Causes - adding to the £29 billion already raised through sales of lottery tickets since the National Lottery launched in November 1994.

Anyone who believes they have a winning ticket for any of the draws within the 180-day deadline should call the National Lottery Line on 0845 910 0000.

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