This year could be a life-changer for a lucky Lotto player from Caerphilly who has yet to claim their £1.8 million jackpot prize.
Millionaire Llanbradach bowler Alun Jones was at Caerphilly’s iconic Tommy Cooper statue on Friday to encourage the town’s Lotto players to check and double-check their tickets for the chance to claim the £1,896,064 jackpot prize and become an instant millionaire.
The lucky ticket was bought in Caerphilly County Borough and matched all six numbers in the Lotto draw on Saturday November 22, 2014 – the special Lotto draw to celebrate 20 years of The National Lottery in which 20 new millionaires were also created on the Lotto raffle.
Alun, who is enjoying a dream lifestyle since his win, was bowled over when he scooped a £1,135,578 Lotto Jackpot on January 16, 2013, and has enjoyed every minute since. He is now keen to help track down the owner of the winning ticket which matched all six Lotto numbers on 22 November – 2, 3, 5, 15, 22, 29 with bonus ball 26 – to hit the jackpot.
The lucky ticket-holder has until May 21 to claim their prize and Alun, who was able to leave his job as a Health and Safety administrator at a local firm in Nantgarw after his win, is keen to welcome the latest Caerphilly winner into the Millionaires’ Club.
Twenty-nine year-old Alun said: “I’ve had an absolutely amazing year since my win. My prize meant I’ve been able to travel to dream destinations – I took friends to Australia for the last Lions tour, and had a road trip around Italy, taking in an Andrea Bocelli concert while I was there, which was just amazing. I’ve also booked tickets to Wales’ Six Nations rugby game against Italy in Rome.
“I’ve begun flying lessons, paid off the mortgage on Mum and Dad’s family home and splashed out on my dream car – a new Jaguar XF. Winning the lottery really is the best feeling and I couldn’t believe it when it happened to me – and it could have already happened to you too, but you must dig out any old tickets and double-check them! This unclaimed prize is a brilliant amount to win and could really make your year.”
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.