A MYSTERY lottery player from St Helens is sitting on a life-changing EuroMillions fortune.
A stunning prize of £150,315.40, won by a St Helens ticket-holder in the January 13 draw, is still yet to be claimed.
And the search is now on to track down the player who matched EuroMillions numbers 13, 14, 21, 27 and 39 – as well as one Lucky Star number – before their fortune is donated elsewhere.
Local lottery players are being urged to check and double-check their tickets for the chance to claim the prize before 11pm on Wednesday, July 11.
If nobody comes forward with the winning ticket before that deadline, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to a selection of good causes – adding to the £27bn already raised through lottery ticket sales since the National Lottery launched in November 1994.
A National Lottery spokesman said: “We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings – this amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody’s life. 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.”
In the week of the January 13, EuroMillions draw, Paradise by Coldplay topped the UK singles chart, while Ed Sheeran was at the top of the album chart with ‘+’.
And football fans may recall Liverpool playing Manchester City two days before the draw in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final.
The Reds secured a 1-0 first leg advantage via a Steven Gerrard penalty at the City of Manchester stadium.
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 helpline on 0845 910 0000.