Deadline looms for missing £1m lottery winner

Lottery winners Ian and Kim McCarthy enjoy a luxury beach picnic with the cheque that is waiting for a mystery North Tyneside winner - who has yet to claim their million pound raffle prize. Picture by North News & Pictures.
Lottery winners Ian and Kim McCarthy enjoy a luxury beach picnic with the cheque that is waiting for a mystery North Tyneside winner - who has yet to claim their million pound raffle prize. Picture by North News & Pictures.

A £1m lottery winner has just a few days left to come forward to claim their prize.

Players of the EuroMillions are being urged to check their old tickets as the deadline looms for a missing £1m EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker winner.

North east lottery winners Kim and Ian McCarthy, from Darlington, who became millionaires on Christmas Day 2012, left a space for the mystery winner at a beachfront picnic on Whitley Bay beach.

Kim and Ian are urging everyone to double-check their EuroMillions tickets from the draw on March 13, 2015, to see if it contains the all-important winning UK Millionaire Maker code – FPY442445.

The deadline for the ticket-holder to claim their prize is on September 9, 2015.

Kim said: “It’s very exciting to think that someone out there is sitting on a life-changing amount of money.

“I can still remember the moment we won, we couldn’t believe it, it was the best Christmas present anyone could have asked for.

“To think that someone out there is about to go through the same experience is amazing.

“There’s only a few days left to claim so I do hope they come forward.”

Every week EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker guarantees to create two UK millionaires – one on a Tuesday and one on a Friday.

For every EuroMillions line played, UK players automatically receive a UK Millionaire Maker code printed on their ticket.

If no-one comes forward with the winning ticket before the prize claim deadline, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

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