£52m lottery prize unclaimed by UK ticket holder a week after draw

One lucky person in the UK is as rich as Gareth Bale or Ed Sheeran – but they don’t yet know it.

Last week’s EuroMillions jackpot – worth almost £52m – remains unclaimed seven days after the draw.

The National Lottery is urging anyone who entered the draw to check their tickets for that night’s winning numbers – 5, 9, 29, 31, 41 and Lucky Stars 2 and 4.

The winner will pocket a cool £51,702,049, putting them in the same wealth bracket as Real Madrid forward Bale, who is worth £52m according to the Sunday Times Rich List, and pop megastar Ed Sheeran, whose fortune is estimated at £54m.

It continues a rich vein of luck for British gamblers, being the fourth UK ticket to hit the EuroMillions jackpot this year.

In June another player won £87m, while in February two ticket-holders split a prize worth nearly £40m.

The week after that a UK winner collected £14m.

One of Europe’s biggest ever prizes went to Chris and Colin Weir in Ayrshire, who scooped £161m in 2011.

It is not quite panic stations for the latest winner yet, as the holder has 173 days to claim the prize before the money goes to good causes.

National Lottery organiser Camelot says tens of millions of pounds go unclaimed each year due to lost tickets bought in shops.

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