A BRIT EuroMillions player has missed out on a huge prize after missing the midnight deadline to claim it.
The potentially lucky punter from South Ayrshire, Scotland, had the winning ticket from the March 17 draw – but the prize may now go to charity.
But although a claim was reported in April, officials last night confirmed they have still not validated a winning ticket.
And with players having just 180 days to come forward, time ran out last night to pocket the £57,869,670 prize.
When winning tickets go unclaimed, the sum is then added to National Lottery Project charity funds.
The winning numbers for the draw were 5, 7, 8, 16 and 20 with Lucky Stars 2 and 12.
A spokesman for lotto operator Camelot said yesterday: “As with all major prizes, the claim goes through a rigorous validation process to ensure the prize can be paid under our game rules.
“If a valid claim is not received, the prize money is passed to good causes.”
The jackpot is one of 11 which have not been claimed, the National Lottery website says.
But the sum is the largest of the lot, with the next highest amount sitting at £1million.
Once the ticket has been validated and the money paid out, it is up to the winner to decide whether to go public or not.
The odds of choosing the right numbers in the twice weekly draw have been estimated at one in 140million.
Scotland’s biggest EuroMillions winners were Colin and Chris Weir, of Largs, Ayrshire, who scooped £161m in 2011.
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