Huge £20million lottery jackpot has been claimed after cry to check tickets

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    A claim for the jackpot in this weekend's "must be won" National Lottery has been received, Camelot has announced.

    The claim has yet to be validated, but once it has been the lucky winner will receive an eye-watering £20m after a single ticket-holder matched all six numbers in Saturday's (July 1) draw.

    The news comes after lottery bosses urged ticket-holders to double-check their numbers as the money went unclaimed.

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    Andy Carter, senior winners' adviser at The National Lottery, said: "We're delighted that this fantastic Lotto jackpot has been claimed; what a magnificent start to July!

    "It's been an incredible couple of months for Lotto players with an amazing 24 millionaires made in May and June alone."

    Once the claim has been checked, the winner will have the option either to go public with the news or keep it to themselves.

    "Our focus is now on supporting the ticketholder through the process and helping them start to enjoy their truly life-changing win," Carter added.

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    "Here's hoping for another Lotto jackpot winner on Wednesday night (July 5) when there is an estimated £2 million up for grabs."

    The six winning numbers were 1, 12, 20, 22, 24 and 35, but at first nobody came forward after bagging the life-changing sum.

    And it's not the first time huge amounts of money have gone unclaimed from the prize draw – last month lotto players were also encouraged to check their numbers after an unknown entrant bagged the £10,000-a-month Set For Life draw.

    On June 5, one lucky Set For Life ticket bought in the South Holland district of Lincolnshire also went unclaimed.

    Carter said at the time: "We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings, this amazing prize could really make a massive difference to somebody’s life, and what a way it would be to enjoy this summer and the next 30.

    "We’re urging everyone who bought a ticket in this area to check their old Set For Life tickets again – the easiest way to do this is via the National Lottery app – or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding."

    If the winner finds their ticket they have until December 2, 2023, to claim their prize.

    Anyone not in possession of their ticket but who reckons they have a genuine claim to the winnings can write to Camelot, but time is running out as they must submit the claim within 30 days of the draw.

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