Someone May Have Just Missed Out On £58 Million EuroMillions Jackpot
Imagine that, being unwittingly sat on a life's worth of cash - seriously, enough money to last forever - and having no idea about it.
It doesn't bear thinking about.
Well, it's perhaps good that they've no idea about it. Let's hope that whoever it was never finds out, because they'll never forgive themselves.
The winning ticket was bought for the 17 March draw, but the prize could now go to charity as it remained unclaimed by the deadline at 11.59pm on Sunday.
To be fair, it might be OK, as a claim was submitted in April, but Camelot has refused to say whether the claimant managed to pass their 'rigorous' validation process.
If the National Lottery won't validate the claim that has been made, this jackpot will become the largest ever one that has gone unclaimed.
There are eleven more, but none are as much as this £58m prize.
The National Lottery urged the winner to come forward after it became clear that a winning ticket was out there at the end of March.
The numbers on the ticket - if you're interested - were 05, 07, 08, 16 and 20, with the Lucky Stars 02 and 12.
Let's just hope that the person who owned that ticket isn't getting a sense of realisation while reading about this.
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A spokesperson for Camelot, the company which runs the competition, said: "We can confirm that we received a claim on this prize in April but we don't comment on the detail of individual claims.
"However, as with all major prizes, any claim goes through a rigorous validation process to ensure the prize can be paid under the National Lottery game rules."
"With all National Lottery draws, players have 180 days from the day of the draw to claim their prize.
"If a valid claim is not received within this period, the prize money is passed to good causes."
Well, at least some decent charitable organisations stand to profit from the profligacy of this Scottish ticket buyer.
Some good might yet come from one person's misfortune.
The largest jackpot ever claimed in Scotland was Colin and Chris Weir, from Largs, who scooped a £161 million jackpot in 2011.
Colin died aged 71 at the end of last year, but not before he purchased his beloved Partick Thistle Football Club, subsequently bequeathing the SPFL Championship side back to the fans, becoming a club legend in the process.
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