A LOTTO winner left it right to the last moment to claim their £4.6million prize.
The ticket holder only just cashed it in despite winning the fortune on September 12 last year.
With just three days until the ticket expired on March 10, a previous winner from the same area appealed to the ticket holder early on Monday, urging people to re-check their old tickets.
Millionaire Dean Allen, 42, won £13.8million in 2000 Barking and Dagenham Post: “As a local lad I’m really keen to help try and finding that missing ticket-holder.”
“It’s unbelievable to think someone is going about their day not knowing that their life could be a whole lot easier. So get searching and remind your family and friends to do the same.”
The then 26-year-old had been made redundant just three days before he received the multi-million pound windfall and used his unexpected free time to care for his kids.
The winner of the £4,668,787 jackpot has opted to remain anonymous, their lucky numbers were: 14, 20, 28, 31, 40 and 46.
A Lotto spokesperson said: “We’re delighted that the winner of this amazing prize has now come forward and we hope that they will enjoy their win. It would have been awful if the ticket-holder had missed out on this substantial and life-changing amount of money.
“We would like to remind all National Lottery players to check their tickets every time they play.”
Unclaimed jackpots are donated to charity through the National Lottery Projects.