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pounds 178,000 prize going unclaimed; LOTTO TICKET BOUGHT IN THIS CITY WAS A BIG WINNER IN MARCH.

Byline: SIMON DUDMAN

LOTTERY players in Coventry are being urged to turf out their pockets and dig into the bottom of their bags to find a winning ticket worth a whopping pounds 178,369.

The prize from a draw in March, which has not yet been claimed, was sold at an outlet in the city, it was revealed today.

Lotto operator Camelot has launched a search for the holder of the winning ticket, which they revealed this week was bought somewhere in Coventry.

The winning numbers for the ticket are 3, 8, 12, 32, 34, 46 and bonus ball number 42.

The ticket is valid for 180 days after the draw date, which was on Wednesday, March 5.

The lucky owner has just over three months, until September 1, to claim the prize. If it remains unclaimed after the deadline, the money will be distributed between the lottery's good causes.

The last significant prize to go unclaimed in the region was a pounds 711,607 share of a jackpot draw on June 1 last year. The ticket was bought somewhere in Warwickshire.

The biggest prize ever not to be claimed in time was pounds 3,011,065 by someone in South Hertfordshire.

For security reasons, Camelot will not say exactly where the winning ticket was bought, but they have confirmed it was somewhere in the city.

The Lotto operator is urging everyone to check their old tickets - and especially jackets and trousers worn in March.

Jacquie Wilson, from Camelot, said: "If you think you have the winning ticket, contact the National Lottery line on 08459 100 000."

simon.dudman@mrn.co.uk
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 29, 2003
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