Lotto News - 'Lucky Jim' Wilson claims Euromillions £50K – just in time Why it pays to check – literally!
A 28-year old man in England cleared out his old wallet just in time. James Wilson discovered a six-month-old EuroMillions ticket worth more than £50,000 and claimed his cash – with just one day to spare before the ticket would have expired.
When James found the ticket, he realised it was a winner – but was he too late? Along with his father, he counted the days to see if it was still within the 180-day claim deadline.
James said: 'I can’t tell you how relieved I was when I got through to someone the following morning and they confirmed that I wasn't too late to claim my prize.'
The National Lottery had been appealing to players in James' local area to check their tickets to find the winner for over 5 months, but James hadn't realised.
'When I met with The National Lottery adviser he told me, but I had no idea. It was purely luck that I stumbled upon the ticket before it expired,' a relieved James said.
'This win will make such a massive difference to us. We worked hard and managed to save up for our wedding but couldn’t afford our own house too.' Now we can start house-hunting and hopefully afford a couple of treats along the way.