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600,000 lottery ticket bought in Belfast unclaimed

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The ticket matched five numbers and a lucky star in a EuroMillions draw

A New Year treat of £616,198 is available to the owner of a lottery ticket bought in Belfast, but they have yet to claim their prize.

The search is on to find the owner of the winning ticket, which matched five numbers and one lucky star in the EuroMillions draw on 11 December.

The winning EuroMillions numbers on that date were 20, 41, 43, 44, 46 and the lucky star numbers were 2 and 9.

The ticket holder has until 1730 BST on 9 June to make their claim.

A spokesperson for the National Lottery said they were "desperate" to find the ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings.

"This amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody's life," they said.

"We're urging everyone to check their old tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.

"Try checking in the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags and down the back of the sofa - someone out there could literally be sitting on a fortune.

"We have the champagne on ice and our fingers crossed that the lucky winner comes forward to claim their win."

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

The National Lottery said if no-one came forward to claim the ticket before the deadline, then the prize money plus interest would go to the Good Causes designated by Parliament.

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