CHARITIES and good causes will share £50,000 after the prize for a winning lottery ticket bought in Rotherham went unclaimed.
The deadline for claiming the winnings for the special Lotto Medal Draw on August 27 passed at midnight on Thursday — 180 days on from the draw.
The prize money, plus the interest it earned, will now go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.
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.
“To avoid this unfortunate situation happening again, I would urge all National Lottery players to check their tickets on a regular basis.
“We tried very hard to find the ticket-holder and it's a real shame that they have missed out, but there is still one winner — the nation.
“This money, and all the interest earned over the 180 days, will now go to benefit projects all over the UK funded by The National Lottery.”