Hunt out the old Lottery tickets to see if you could be the winner of an unclaimed prize

IT’S time to hunt out the old Lottery tickets if you have purchased any in Derby after Lotto chiefs revealed a prize of £52,981 has yet to be claimed.

A spokesperson said National Lottery players are being urged to check and double-check their tickets which was bought in the city of Derby.

The holder of the winning ticket matched five numbers and the bonus ball in the Lotto draw on Wednesday, February 8, this year. The winning Lotto numbers on that date were 7, 13, 16, 31, 36, 44 and the bonus ball was 26. The lucky ticket-holder has until 5.30pm on Monday, August 6, 2012, 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 Good Causes – adding to the £27 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 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, Twilight by Cover Drive topped the UK singles chart at the time, while Ed Sheeran was back at the number one spot in the album chart.

Football fans will remember that the FA announced Fabio Capello’s decision to resign as England manager on the evening of the draw. Away from sport, locals may have visited the Derby to see a production of Taming of the Shrew.

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.