The tigers and other exotic animal residents at Yorkshire Wildlife Park today joined The National Lottery in its hunt for a missing EuroMillions winner from Doncaster.
A £197,954.50 EuroMillions prize remains unclaimed in the town and the winner has just one week left to claim this amazing sum of money.
The missing EuroMillions ticket is from the draw on 28 October 2016 and the winning numbers on that date were 10, 16, 19, 23, 43 with Lucky Star numbers 2 and 8. The lucky winner matched the five main numbers and one of the Lucky Star numbers but only has until 26 April 2017 to make their claim.
Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery, said: “This is a life-changing sum of money sitting and waiting to be collected by a lucky player who bought their EuroMillions ticket in the Doncaster area.
“We are delighted to have the support of Yorkshire Wildlife Park and, in particular, the Park’s tigers and meerkats. We just hope that, along with the animal-friendly replica giant ticket and cheque capturing the interest of these animals, the activity will help jog the memory of people visiting the famous Wildlife Park and, indeed, anyone who may have a ticket lying somewhere unchecked.”
“We’re encouraging all players to check their old EuroMillions tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding. Try checking in drawers, pockets, wallets and in the bottom of handbags. We have the champagne and big cheque on standby – all we need is the lucky winner to come forward to claim their prize.”Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery
Cheryl Williams, Director at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, added: “We hope by encouraging our playful and engaging meerkats to get involved it may just jog someone’s memory.
“The tigers at our Land of the Tiger love new objects to play with so it seemed the perfect opportunity to provide them with a thrill and at the same time try to help find the missing winner.
“This is a busy time of the year for us so we really hope the missing ticket-holder comes forward – and is one of our visitors!”
Yorkshire Wildlife Park cares for over 400 animals, including many rare and endangered ones, protecting them from danger and providing them with a safe environment.
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.
In Doncaster alone 1,182 individual National Lottery grants have been awarded to help projects across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors.
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 the National Lottery Line on 0844 338 7551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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