£63m Euromillions prize unclaimed

£63m Euromillions prize unclaimed

The Euromillions ticket holder who won 63 million pounds has 180 days from the draw to come forward

The Euromillions ticket holder who won 63 million pounds has 180 days from the draw to come forward

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The £63.8 million Euromillions prize won by a UK ticket holder remains unclaimed nearly a fortnight after the draw.

There were two jackpot winners in the June 8 draw - one in Belgium and one in the UK. But the owner of the British lucky ticket - who could be an individual or a syndicate - is yet to come forward to collect the £63,837,543.60 prize.

If the prize is not claimed by 6pm on Thursday, the area in which the ticket was bought will be named by the National Lottery. There would then be a publicity drive in the region on Friday in a bid to find the winner.

A National Lottery spokeswoman said: "This area is provided by Camelot's security team in line with its licence obligations and is designed to encourage tickets to be checked but also to enable the ticket-holder to remain anonymous if they wish."

It would be the longest period of time such a large prize had gone unclaimed if the 6pm deadline passes, she added.

The ticket holder has 180 days from the draw to come forward, making 11pm on December 5 the final cut-off point. Afterwards, the money - and the interest it has generated - would go to the National Lottery Good Causes fund. The prize pot was so large because of a double rollover.

The spokeswoman added: "There are a variety of reasons people don't come forward - they might be on holiday, they might not play regularly, or sometimes in the case of syndicates, they only check their tickets once a month."

The haul puts the lucky winner on a par with other multimillion-pound jackpot winners including Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs in North Ayrshire, who won £161 million last July.

Other big winners include a ticket holder who banked £113,019,926 in October 2010 but decided not to go public, and Dave Dawes and wife Angela, from Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, who claimed £101,203,600 last October.

Camelot can make a payout, at its discretion, where a ticket has been lost, stolen or destroyed - but only if a claim is submitted within 30 days of the draw and if there is sufficient evidence.

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