Lottery bosses in plea to Leicester's mystery millionaire
A lottery winner looks set to miss out on £1 million unless they claim their prize by Saturday.
The National Lottery is placing a countdown clock in the city centre tomorrow in an attempt to track down the winner, who bought the EuroMillions ticket in Leicester on Tuesday, January 10.
Although the ticket did not have that week's winning numbers, it included a raffle code – LZT634986 – which scooped the million.
Two other mystery lottery winners from the county have also failed to collect their winnings and could each take home at least £250,000 if they claim their cash.
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Lord Mayor of Leicester Abdul Osman, who will start the 48-hour countdown clock at the Clock Tower tomorrow, said: "It's an absolutely massive amount. It's amazing no one has come forward yet.
"The message to people who have bought tickets in Leicester is to check them."
The National Lottery launched an appeal to trace the winner at the end of January, without success.
The clock will be mounted on top of a Mercedes which will be driven around Leicester in the hours leading up to the deadline.
If the winner does not claim the money by 1pm on Saturday, it will be added to a charity pot of more than £28 billion given to good causes since the lottery was set up in 1994.
Yesterday, the Leicester Mercury took to the city centre to find out how people would spend £1 million.
Nick Wilson, 23, of Clarendon Park, said: "I would get out of England and move to Spain."
Mark Sikorski, 61, of Hamilton, said: "I'd get a new house, change my car and donate some money to charity and my relatives."
Corbie Micel, 49, of Enderby, would also help friends and relatives. "I'd pay off my mortgage, my sister's mortgage and my best friend's mortgage," she said. "Without a mortgage I'd feel like a very rich lady."
Will Roulscone, 20, of Loughborough, would take his girlfriend to Valencia, in Spain.
As well as the £1 million, another unclaimed ticket, bought in Leicester, matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw on Saturday, June 16, netting the winner £332,000.
The winning Lotto numbers were 3, 19, 21, 37, 40 and 49, and the bonus ball was 35. The lucky ticket-holder has until December 13 to claim.
On Friday, June 15, someone in Hinckley and Bosworth bought a Lotto Plus 5 ticket which scooped £250,000. They have until December 12 to claim.
Anyone who believes they have the winning ticket for any of the draws should call the National Lottery Line on 0845 910 0000.