Lottery winner claims £1million hours before deadline after waiting six months

A lottery winner claimed a £1million jackpot just hours before the deadline – after waiting six months to come forward.

The player bought the ticket in March in the East Riding area of Yorkshire but handed it in at the last possible moment.

The money would have gone to charities if the jackpot had not gone unclaimed.

The deadline for claiming the prize was September 2.

Camelot, which runs the National Lottery, is currently validating the £1million claim, The Sun reports.

Lottery winners have missed out on millions in the past after missing the jackpot deadlines.

On their website, the National Lottery states that lucky winners are given 180 days – about six months – to claim their prizes.

A huge £125.1million in Lottery prizes went unclaimed in the UK last year, including winnings from Lotto, Euromillions and scratchcards.

Camelot refused to hand over a £4million lottery jackpot to Mark Goodram and Jon-Ross Watson earlier this year over fears the winning ticket was bought with a stolen card.

Goodram and Watson are planning to sue the company for breach of contract, with the pair's lawyer saying his clients are entitled to the winnings.

Neither of the pair is believed to have a bank account – making it impossible for them to own a debit card.

Goodram has 22 convictions and was jailed for eight months last year for stealing from a garage. When arrested he had someone else’s bank card.

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