CHARD TENNIS PLAYERS TAKE TO THE COURTS IN SEARCH FOR MISSING LOTTO WINNER

Members of Chard Tennis Club have taken to their National Lottery-funded tennis courts to help with The National Lottery’s search for South Somerset’s missing £100,000 Lotto Millionaire Raffle winner.

With just weeks to go until the missing Lotto ticket is due to expire (23 February 20171), the team from the Tennis Club, are calling on South Somerset’s Lotto players to check their tickets from the unique Team GB-inspired Lotto Medal Draw on 27 August 2016 for the winning Millionaire Raffle code PINK 2195 7600.

The one-off Lotto draw on 27 August 2016 was held to thank National Lottery players for the support they have given Team GB through playing the lottery. Every week Lotto Millionaire Raffle guarantees to create two millionaires, but 27 millionaires were created in the one-off draw to celebrate 27 Gold medals won in Rio. In addition, 23 prizes of £100,000 to equal the Silver medal haul, of which the South Somerset prize was one, and 17 additional prizes of £50,000 to match those Bronze medals won by Team GB were also up for grabs.

The National Lottery has invested over £5 billion in grassroots sports to date, with Chard Tennis Club just one of many sports clubs in South Somerset to benefit from National Lottery funding. The club has received £63,000 towards a new clubhouse.

Keen tennis player and Club Chair, Jacky Boothman, who joined the missing millionaire search said: “Chard Tennis Club was able to undergo a major revamp thanks to National Lottery funding from Sport England in 2014 and 2015. This funding has been invaluable in maintaining the popularity of tennis in South Somerset, helping keep people, young and old, active across the region.

“We would like to invite anyone in the area who is interested in playing or learning tennis to come and share these splendid facilities with us.

“We are delighted to support the hunt and hope we find that lucky ticket-holder. As a club we already feel like lottery winners due to the National Lottery funding we have enjoyed, now let’s find that other lottery winner in South Somerset!”

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery said: “We’re eager to find the South Somerset mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings – this amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody’s life. Team GB’s success in Rio, when their haul was a whopping 67 medals, was outstanding and worthy of celebration with an extra special Lotto draw, now we just need to find the area’s winner to help them celebrate their own win!”

The National Lottery plays a unique role in supporting the UK’s elite athletes, with no one contributing more to elite sport in the UK than National Lottery players. British athletes have won over 700 Olympic and Paralympic medals since National Lottery funding was first awarded to elite athletes in 1997.

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. The National Lottery changes the lives of individuals as well as communities – players raise, on average, over £30 million for National Lottery-funded projects every week.

With all National Lottery draws, players have 180 days from the day of the draw to claim their prize if they have the winning ticket. Anyone who has any queries or who believes they have the winning ticket for any of the National Lottery draws within the 180-day deadline should call the National Lottery Line on 0844 338 7551 or email help@national-lottery.co.uk

Anyone concerned about lost or unchecked tickets may like to consider either setting up a National Lottery Direct Debit or playing online at www.national-lottery.co.uk. Numbers can be entered in advance and lucky winners are notified online if their numbers come up.  For further information call 0845 912 5000 or visit www.national-lottery.co.uk.