AN amazing Lotto prize of £102,843 has yet to be claimed.
Now National Lottery players are being urged to check and double-check their tickets for the chance to claim this life-enhancing prize.
The search is on to find the owner of the winning ticket, bought in Co Armagh, who matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw on Saturday, September 7, 2013.
The winning Lotto numbers on that date were 1, 11, 12, 13, 35, 42 and the bonus ball was 5.
The lucky ticket-holder has until Thursday 6 March 2014 to claim their prize.
If no-one comes forward with the winning ticket before the prize claim deadline, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to The National Lottery Good Causes – adding to the £30 billion already raised through sales of lottery tickets since The National Lottery launched in November 1994.
A National Lottery spokesperson 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 who bought a ticket in this area 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.”
To jog Lotto players’ memories, Burn by Ellie Goulding topped the UK singles chart at the time, whilst Avenged Sevenfold were at the top of the album chart with Hail To The King.
Football fans will remember that local clubs, Glenavon and Portadown were both in action on the day of the Lotto draw in the Danske Bank Irish Premiership.
Both title-chasing teams won that day with Glenavon overcoming Warrenpoint Town 3-1 at home, and Portadown completely overwhelming Ballinamallard Utd 11-0.
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 Line on 0845 910 0000.