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Lottery bosses receive hundreds of claims of lost, damaged or stolen tickets

A grandmother in Worcester is said to have put a ticket bearing the winning numbers through the wash. Credit: PA

Lottery bosses hunting the winner of a £33 million jackpot have received hundreds of claims of lost, damaged or stolen tickets.

Camelot refused to comment directly on any of the unverified claims, including one from a grandmother in Worcester said to have put a ticket bearing the winning numbers through the wash.

The newsagent in Worcester where the £33m ticket was reportedly purchased. Credit: SWNS

It was confirmed last week that the £33 million-winning ticket was bought in the city.

In its latest statement on the outstanding half-share of its record £66million Lotto jackpot, Camelot said:

We have the discretion to pay prizes in respect of stolen, lost or destroyed National Lottery tickets only if the player has submitted a claim in writing within 30 days of the relevant draw.

If the player can provide sufficient evidence, we will investigate and consider the validity of the claim.

Given the interest in the missing £33 million ticket-holder, we have received hundreds of claims of this nature.

All of these are currently being considered on a case-by-case basis, and we will follow up with all claimants directly to advise them whether their claim will be investigated further.

– statement, camelot
These were the winning numbers of the National Lottery's biggest ever jackpot. Credit: PA

A Camelot spokesman declined to comment on whether the number of claims was in the high or low hundreds, but said their volume meant the evaluation process would take time.

The spokesman added:

We have not released details of the shop where the ticket was bought and no retailer would have been informed that they have sold the winning ticket.

We still would urge all players to check their tickets and contact us if they think they have the winning one.

– spokesman, camelot

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