Mystery lottery player faces £500K Thunderball loss unless they claim it tonight

A mystery National lottery player faces losing a £500,000 Thunderball jackpot unless they claim it by midnight on Monday.

The lost ticket was drawn by a Brit on July 29, 2020, in the Ashfield district of Nottingham, Camelot have said.

Lucky numbers 16, 26, 30, 21, and 39 with 9 as the Thunderball are the jackpot digits which could bag the winner a whopping £500,000.

Time is running out however, as the punter who placed the bet only has until midnight on January 25, 2021, to claim the life-changing prize.

If the winnings go unclaimed, the prize will go into a Camelot charity fund.

On Friday, a Brit player won £544,574 on the Euro­Millions.

The largest amount ever to be won by a single ticket holder was £42million back in 1996.

Last week, one winner scooped £100K on a National Lottery scratch card he almost threw in the bin.

Assuming he'd won nothing after misreading the numbers, he was about the chuck it away before re-reading the card and realising he'd actually scooped the jackpot.

Alan Nairn, from Cardiff, said: “I was looking for small prizes when I scratched the card and when I didn’t see those, I started to throw the card away.

"Then I realised that there was an awful lot of zeros and took another look.

"I couldn’t believe my eyes and kept the card for over a week before taking it to get it checked. I kept forgetting where I put it and was constantly rifling through old books to check it was safe."

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Martin Gilbey, 50, and his partner Tracy, bagged £119,151 last week after Martin grabbed a ticket during a last minute dash to the shop for carrots.

His partner had shouted "I’m not coming downstairs for a tenner," when he alerted her, but quickly realised the win was more than that.

Martin said: "She cried out, ‘I’m not coming downstairs for a tenner’ but eventually looked at the ticket when she realised something was going on.

"We both checked it again and after many more scans of the ticket we started to cry, cuddle and jump about."

He matched 5 numbers and one Lucky Star. His winning numbers for the draw were 18, 23, 37, 41, 42, and the Lucky Star was 6.

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