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Could it be you? Time's running out for Wirral ticket to be claimed.

Could it be you? Winning ticket was bought on the Wirral Credit: PA

Merseyside’s Natasha Jonas, Britain’s first female Olympic boxer, is helping to track down a missing Lotto Millionaire Raffle winner who bought their ticket on the Wirral.

The £100,000 Lotto prize remains unclaimed and time is running out - the winner has just over one week left to claim the money.

The missing Lotto ticket is from the unique Team GB-inspired Lotto Medal Draw on 27 August 2016, which was held to thank National Lottery players for the support they have given Team GB through playing the lottery.

Birkenhead Venture Boxing Club had funding from National Lottery Credit: PA

The ticket is due to expire on 23 February 2017 The winning Lotto Millionaire Raffle code (worth £100,000) is GREY 5695 6430.1

Natasha was the first female British boxer to compete at an Olympic Games in 2012. Credit: PA

The extra Lotto draw on 27 August saw a total of 27 millionaires created to celebrate the 27 Gold medals won in Rio. In addition, 23 prizes of £100,000 to equal the Silver medal haul, of which the Wirral prize is one, and 17 additional prizes of £50,000 to match those Bronze medals won by Team GB were also up for grabs.

The National Lottery has invested over £5 billion in grassroots sport to date, with Birkenhead Venture Boxing Club just one of those that has benefitted. The club, which trains both amateur and professional boxers, many of whom have gone on to represent Great Britain, received £85,000 in National Lottery funding to allow it to extend and improve its current gym.

British athletes have won over 700 Olympic and Paralympic medals since National Lottery funding was first awarded to elite athletes in 1997.

The Venture is a vital lifeline for so many young people - says Natasha Credit: PA

Now retired from Boxing, Natasha spends her time promoting the importance of sport and healthy lifestyles to schoolchildren. She says:

The funding which The National Lottery provides for Olympic athletes is amazing and many of our sportsmen and women would not be able to fulfill their Olympic dreams without this funding channel.

It is also great to see the National Lottery funding which is being put into facilities such as The Venture, which does so much great work for the local community and is a vital lifeline for so many young people – but relies entirely on charitable donations.

I would personally like to urge people across the Wirral to search for any missing Lotto tickets from this very memorable draw so they too could be a winner and have their life changed.”

– Natasha Jonas

The club solely relies on charitable donations. The funding we received from The National Lottery has allowed us to extend the gym and improve our facilities.

In addition to the boxers training for competitions we also have a strong community facility, bringing in males and females of all ages and fitness levels, encouraging them to keep fit and healthy through taking part and learning the skills of boxing.

We are delighted to support the hunt and hope we find that lucky ticket-holder. As a club we already feel like lottery winners due to the National Lottery funding we have enjoyed, now let’s find that other lottery winner in the Wirral.

– Sean Trodden, Head Coach

We’re eager to find the Wirral’s mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings – this amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody’s life. Team GB’s success in Rio, when their haul was a whopping 67 medals, was outstanding and worthy of celebration with an extra special Lotto draw, now we just need to find the Wirral’s winner to help them celebrate their own win!”

– Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery

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 help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK. The National Lottery changes the lives of individuals as well as communities – players raise, on average, over £30 million for National Lottery-funded projects every week.

With all National Lottery draws, players have 180 days from the day of the draw to claim their prize if they have the winning ticket. Anyone who has any queries or who believes they have the winning ticket for any of the National Lottery draws within the 180-day deadline should call theNational Lottery Line on0844 338 7551 or emailhelp@national-lottery.co.uk

Anyone concerned about lost or unchecked tickets may like to consider either setting up a National Lottery Direct Debit or playing online at www.national-lottery.co.uk. Numbers can be entered in advance and lucky winners are notified online if their numbers come up. For further information call 0845 912 5000 or visit www.national-lottery.co.uk.

Middleton mum of four scoops £1m Lotto prize - and plans trip down under to be reunited with her daughter

Susan celebrates her win with her sons. Credit: National Lottery

A mum of four from Middleton is celebrating today after scooping £1m on the Lotto Millionaire Raffle from Saturday’s draw.

Susan Home, 48, said she immediately handed in her notice at work and is now looking forward to making the trip of a lifetime to Australia to see her daughter – something she never believed would be possible.

Susan, who plays The National Lottery online, discovered she was a millionaire early on Sunday morning by a loud bleeping on her phone.

“I was asleep in bed and my phone bleeped to tell me I had an email. I just thought it was probably another junk email. “I went to look and saw it was from The National Lottery – it said I had won two lucky dip tickets – I was over the moon. I couldn’t believe it!

– Lotto winner Susan Home.
Susan celebrates with her sons. Credit: National Lottery.

Susan, who worked as a warehouse operative in Middleton, said her new life begins today and she is planning to use some of her newfound fortune to visit her eldest daughter, Joanna, 29, in Australia – something she always dreamed of doing but never believed would be possible.

She said: “Joanna went travelling last November and I’ve not seen her since. I always hoped I would be able to visit her so I’ve literally been working seven days a week and as much overtime as possible in hope that one day I would be able to save enough money to go.

“Now, thanks to The National Lottery I have – this win really couldn’t have come at a better time.

“When I broke the news to Joanna she couldn’t believe it. We can’t wait to be reunited.”

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