£58m EuroMillions winner claims huge prize at 11th hour after buying winning ticket at the start of lockdown

A MYSTERY lottery winner who only had hours left to claim a staggering £58m jackpot has come forward.

The lucky punter, who purchased the winning ticket in South Ayrshire, Scotland, hit the jackpot in March as the country went into lockdown.

The winner stands to pocket a massive £57,879,670 prize that had been set to pass a deadline of midnight on Sunday.

Lottery chiefs have revealed they are currently processing a payout for the prize but said no further details could be released.

The successful numbers on the ticket bought in Ayrshire for the March 17 draw are 5, 7, 8, 16, 20 with Lucky Stars 2 and 12.

A Camelot spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that we are currently finalising the validation of a claim made on this prize and are in the process of arranging for payment to be made to the ticket-holder.

"Once the prize has been fully validated and paid, we'll issue confirmation of that – but there will be no further updates before then.

"Please note that we don't comment on the details of individual prize claims and that, unless the winner of a major National Lottery prize opts to take publicity and signs an agreement to that effect, no further information can be released about their win."

Players are given 180 days to make claims on prizes but if nobody hands over the lucky ticket then the cash will be handed to good causes.

In 2012, a Euromillions prize fund of £65m was distributed to good causes after the winning ticket, bought in Hertfordshire, went unclaimed.

The winners of Scotland’s largest lottery pot, Colin and Christine Weir from Ayrshire, won £161m on Euromillions in 2011.

Across all lottery games in 2018, a whopping £125.1m went unclaimed.

The potentially lucky punter from South Ayrshire, Scotland, had the winning ticket from the March 17 draw.

The odds of choosing the right numbers in the twice weekly draw have been estimated at one in 140 million.

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