THE unclaimed winning ticket for the £113million EuroMillions jackpot was bought in Coventry, the Sunday Mirror UK newspaper said in a recent edition.
That’s about $160 million in U.S. dollars.
Staff at lottery operator Camelot have narrowed the hunt down to the West Midlands city.
Normally they would wait three weeks before investigating where an unclaimed prize ticket was bought, but have acted quickly after a hoaxer from Sunderland claimed to have won the prize last week.
The ticket was bought over the counter at a newsagents, petrol station or supermarket, rather than online. Camelot will make the announcement this week if no one comes forward.
A source said: It’s the £113million question. The winner could be away on holiday so they could be in for a shock when they get back.
Or the ticket could be in a wallet, down the back of a sofa or scrunched up in a back pocket. Someone could literally be sitting on a fortune.
If the ticket was bought by an individual rather than a syndicate, Britain’s biggest-ever prize will make the winner the 589th richest person in the country, wealthier than Robbie Williams, David Bowie or Rod Stewart.
Under the lottery rules, winners have 180 days to claim the rollover prize from the October 8 draw. If they don’t come forward the cash goes to the lottery’s good causes fund.
The new payout smashes Britain’s previous record of £84.4million, scooped in May by an anonymous winner. It is only slightly lower than the biggest-ever EuroMillions win “ a £113,229,891 payout in Spain last year.