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.
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:
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: