A United Kingdom lottery player from Leicestershire has missed out on the chance to become a millionaire.
UK National Lottery bosses announced that the deadline to claim the EuroMillions win expired at midnight yesterday.
The winning ticket, bought in Leicester, would have allowed the holder to claim a EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker prize from the draw on Tuesday, December 23.
A National Lottery spokesman said that as the deadline has now passed the money, plus the interest it earned, has now gone to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.
He said, "Unfortunately, I can confirm that the ticket-holder did not come forward within the deadline to claim their prize and has now sadly missed out on this substantial amount of money.
"To avoid this unfortunate situation happening again, I would urge all National Lottery players to check their tickets on a regular basis.
"We tried very hard to find the ticket-holder and it's a real shame that they have missed out, but there is still one winner — the nation.
"This money, and all the interest earned over the 180 days, will now go to benefit projects all over the UK funded by The National Lottery."
Every week EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker guarantees to create two UK millionaires — one on Tuesday and one on Friday.
For every EuroMillions line played, UK players automatically receive a UK Millionaire Maker code printed on their ticket. Matching that code exactly with the number randomly drawn by the lottery nets a £1 million (US$1.58 million) prize.
The National Lottery players raise on average over £34 million for National Lottery-funded projects every week.
Since 1994, £33 billion has been raised by National Lottery players, which has been awarded to National Lottery-funded projects across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors.
Local projects which have benefited include Community Learning in Beaumont Leys.
The initiative received a £9,986 grant which will be used to work with unemployed young people and adults by providing them with one-to-one employment support and coaching
Charnwood Learning Centre also received a grant of £8,925 to run a course on British culture and language for women whose mother tongue is not English.
With all National Lottery draws, players have 180 days from the day of the draw to claim their prize if they have the winning ticket.
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.
All UK National Lottery winning numbers are published at Lottery Post's UK National Lottery Results page soon after each drawing.
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