National Lottery players warned to 'act now' over imminent June deadline

A National Lottery Lotto warning has been issued as £500k lies STILL unclaimed with just days left for the winner to grab jackpot before it’s gone FOREVER. One lucky Thunderball player has still not claimed their £500,000 prize from matching 5+ numbers on December 8 last year.

But, worryingly, the deadline for cashing it in looms. The winning numbers were 2, 15, 31, 35, 37, and Thunderball 6 and the ticket was bought in Redditch, Worcestershire. The final date when the winner will be eligible to claim is June 5.

Andy Carter, who has guided more than 2,000 people who have won more than £50,000 through the first few months of their new-found wealth, told This is Money previously: "If you can’t enter then this job is the next best thing. It’s a great job — you’re a part of someone’s life at a time which they’ll never forget."

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The 50-year-old father of two, who previously worked in HR at the BBC, said: "Winning the Lottery makes people happier — on the whole. It gives them more choice, but it can take a while to get there. One day I might be sitting in an 85-year-old lady’s house with a cup of tea and a piece of cake and she’s telling me all her old stories.

"But then I could be on a building site with brickies who want to “lad it up”. I have to be a chameleon." He said: "The experts look at your whole life picture and make a plan, then winners can work out how much they can afford to help others."

The odds of winning the Thunderball jackpot are 1 in 8 million, so roughly 5 times more chance of winning the jackpot compared to the National Lottery. There are nine Thunderball prizes, including a jackpot of £500,000 for matching all five main numbers and the Thunderball.