A would-be millionaire has missed their chance to claim a winning lottery ticket prize that would have set them up for life.
The ticket, bought in the Sunderland area, would have netted the winner a £1million prize.
The National Lottery said the £1,000,000 EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle prize from the EuroMillions draw on 20 April 2012 had remained unclaimed more than 180 days after the draw took place.
Therefore the money, plus the interest it earned, has now passed over to The National Lottery Good Causes.
The deadline for the ticket-holder to claim their prize was at 11pm on Wednesday 17 October, 2012.
A National Lottery spokesperson 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."
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.
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