A lottery winner living in one of the most deprived areas of Britain is being hunted by organisers over their unclaimed £12 MILLION jackpot.
The winning ticket for the Euromillions draw on May 31 was bought in Ladywood, Birmingham – one of the poorest places to live in the entire country.
But one unsuspecting punter is believed to be unaware that they are now sitting on a multimillion pound fortune as they have yet to come forward to claim their prize.
Now Camelot, who run the National Lottery, have launched an appeal in the run-down city suburb to find the anonymous millionaire.
A spokesperson for Camelot, said: “We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings.
“This amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody’s life over the course of the coming year.
“Being able to give someone the opportunity of picking up £1m-a-month every month for a whole year is fantastic, and we’re urging everyone who bought a ticket in this area to check their old EuroMillions tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.
“Imagine the feeling of looking at your bank account every month and seeing a £1m bonus sitting there.
“Try checking in the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags and down the back of the sofa.
“We have the champagne on ice and our fingers crossed that the lucky winner comes forward to claim their win.”
The inner-Birmingham area has long been classified as one of the most deprived in the country.
The area has an unemployment rate over 10 per cent while the average household income of £19,600 is considerably below the city average of £25,600.
A community plan in 2006 reported that 48 per cent of households in the area had an income of less than £15,000.
But now one resident could pick up over 600 TIMES that amount if they find the winning ticket.
Unemployed Ladywood resident Amadeep Singh, 32, said he had checked his ticket already.
He said: “Unfortunately I haven’t won. If I had, I’d be on a plane straight to the Caribbean.
“It would be a dream come true – I hope he hasn’t lost his ticket.”
While carer Sally Walker, 33, added: “Someone is probably sitting in their tower block or council house not knowing they are a millionaire.
“It’s about time somebody round these parts had a bit of luck.”
The prize is a special raffle held alongside the standard EuroMillions draw to guarantee a UK millionaire every draw.
The winning selection on Friday May 31 was JRG437445.
They now have until November 27 to pick up the prize or miss out on the jackpot.