Ashfield £500,000 lottery-winning ticket goes unclaimed

National Lottery operator Camelot has announced that the winning £500,000 Thunderball ticket bought in Ashfield has remained unclaimed for more than 180 days after the draw took place on July 29 last year.

The ticket holder had until midnight on January 25 to claim their prize.

Andy Carter, senior winners advisor at the National Lottery, 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.

"However, the money will now add to the £30 million raised on average each and every week for National Lottery Good Causes across the UK.

The winning Ashfield lottery ticket prize has gone unclaimed. Photo: Universal Images Group via Getty

“In the current situation, we’re encouraging everyone to check their tickets online here or by downloading the National Lottery app, and to only buy or check their tickets in retail in line with government guidance.

"Playing online via the website or app means that your ticket is checked, and you get an email notification if you win a prize.

"You can also scan your retail tickets on the National Lottery app to check if you're a winner.”

Anyone who has any queries or 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 0333 234 5050 or email [email protected]

If players have any concerns about not being able to get in-store to claim a lower-tier prize, they can call 0333 234050.

However, they should refrain from doing that unless they have a ticket nearing the end of the 180-day claim period.