The search continues for one lucky individual from Dorset who has won a EuroMillions prize worth nearly £41 million.

The 30-day deadline to claim the ticket is rapidly approaching.

National Lottery players in Dorset are being urged to check their numbers ahead of Thursday 2 January.

The £40,957,696.60 prize fund will be the seventh EuroMillions jackpot win in the UK in 2019.

All five main numbers and the two Lucky Star numbers were matched by the unknown ticket-holder in the draw on 3 December.

The winning numbers? They were 18, 31, 32, 38 and 48, with Lucky Stars 04 and 12.

Previous West Country lottery winners include the Banfield family, who scooped £18.1 million. Credit: ITV West Country

National Lottery operator Camelot has revealed the ticket was purchased somewhere in Dorset.

Any further details will remain disclosed in case the winner wishes to remain anonymous once they have claimed the ticket.

Camelot has the discretion to deliver the massive cash prizes in respect of lost, destroyed or stolen lottery tickets.

But individuals must submit a claim in writing by 5pm on 2 January.

The organisation must then determined whether or not the claim is valid - and would pay the millions of pounds 180 days after the date of the draw.

You do have one more chance after that, though.

You'll be glad to know, you have one more chance after the January deadline to claim the winning ticket, if it's yours.

If you have the ticket in your possession, you have until midnight on Sunday 31 May 2020 to come forward.

It's important that any player who is not in possession of their ticket for whatever reason but who thinks they have a genuine claim to the prize notifies us in writing by 5pm on January at the latest.

Andy Carter, senior winners' adviser at The National Lottery

Andy Carter, from The National Lottery, said: "We're doing all we can to reunite the ticket-holder with this amazing £40 million win - one of the biggest unclaimed prizes ever.

"The festive period is such a busy time for everyone and in all the excitement it's possible that the winning ticket might have been somehow misplaced."

The National Lottery confirmed that if the ticket is not claimed before the May deadline, the prize money will go towards National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.