EXCITEMENT is building on the Fylde coast after it was announced a £3.5m lottery winner is out there somewhere.
The winning ticket, worth £3,507,769, matched all six main numbers in the Lotto draw on Wednesday February 29 and was bought in the area so locals are being urged to check their tickets.
Newsagents are now waiting to see if the lucky ticket was purchased in their shop.
Bridget King, of Bourne Newsagents, Fleetwood Road North, Cleveleys, said: “We have had a lottery winner in the past, he won just shy of £1m which was very exciting for us all.
“We have been told we are a lucky shop, £3.5m would be very lucky indeed, I hope whoever has won it comes forward to collect it, they may be on holiday or not have checked their ticket.
“It would be great if they had bought it from us, we sold a lot of tickets for that Wednesday’s draw so who knows.”
Tony Croft, of Croft Newsagents, Warton Street, Lytham, added: “It’s always exciting to see someone win, we had a winner of £136,000, that was nice but never as big as in the millions.
“We do a lot of lottery sales, it’s possible they bought the ticket from this shop, but it could be anywhere.
“It’s only been a few days, I’m sure whoever has it will come forward, we get people in checking numbers weeks after the draw.”
The winning Lotto numbers were drawn on the same night England lost 3-2 to the Netherlands at Wembley and ‘All the Single Ladies’ was performed at the Grand Theatre.
They were 13, 14, 29, 41, 46, 49 and the bonus ball was 43.
The lucky ticket-holder has until 5.30pm on Monday August 27 to claim their prize.
A National Lottery spokesman said: “We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings – this amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody’s life.
“We’re urging everyone to check their old tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.
“Try checking in the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags and down the back of the sofa – someone out there could literally be sitting on a fortune!
“We have the champagne on ice and our fingers crossed the lucky winner comes forward.”
If no-one claims the prize before deadline, the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to The National Lottery Good Causes – adding to the £27bn already raised through sales of lottery tickets since The National Lottery launched in November 1994.
Anyone who believes they have the winning ticket should call the National Lottery on 0845 910 0000.