Players from Pontypridd RFC took to their National Lottery-funded 3G pitch to assist in The National Lottery’s search for the area’s missing £1,000,000 Lotto Millionaire Raffle winner.

With just over a week to go until the missing Lotto ticket is due to expire (23 February 20171), the Principality Premiership Club is calling on all Lotto players in the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda area to check their tickets from the unique Team GB-inspired Lotto Medal Draw on 27 August 2016 for the winning Millionaire Raffle code RUBY 6863 3083.

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 the winner, who bought their Lotto ticket somewhere in the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda area, was one of 27 millionaires created in the draw to celebrate 27 Gold medals won in Rio. In addition, 23 prizes of £100,000 to equal the Silver medal haul 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 sport to date, with Pontypridd RFC just one of those that has benefitted – the club’s £500,000 state-of-the-art 3G pitch was made possible by £250,000 National Lottery funding.

Pontypridd winger Dale Stuckey, who joined the millionaire search said: “Pontypridd isn’t the driest spot in the world so being able to invest in an all-weather pitch has made a massive difference to the Club.

“It isn’t just the senior team that has benefitted, the pitch is in constant use with the minis and juniors, local universities, Blues Women and 6-a-side football among the many groups that take advantage of the facilities.

“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 the Merthyr and Rhondda area!”

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery said: “We’re eager to find the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda 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.

1Players can contact Camelot by telephoning the National Lottery Line during its normal operating hours. Alternatively, players can email Camelot to confirm they intend to claim their prize but this email must be received at help@national-lottery.co.uk no later than the end (before 12 midnight) of the 180 day claim period, and the claim must subsequently be made in person. Please see Game Rules and Procedures for full details of how to claim.