£250k lottery win for mystery punter

A TOWN'S amazing run of lottery luck has continued after another wining ticket landed a lucky gambler £250,000.

James Hore

COLCHESTER'S amazing run of lottery luck has continued with a mystery punter scooping £250,000.

Camelot, operator of The National Lottery, announced the anonymous winner had finally stepped forward to claim their prize from the Thunderball draw of February 23.

A National Lottery spokesperson said: “We're delighted that the winner of this 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-enhancing amount of money.

“We would like to remind all National Lottery players to check their tickets every time they play.”

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The win is the latest in a long line of success for Britain's oldest recorded town.

Last November Colchester hit the headlines when, in the space of a few days, a syndicate of seven workers from a plastics firm shared £4.8million, while local couple Eileen and Gerald Strange pocketed £900,000.

Ten days later 54-year-old Stephen Spear picked up nearly £160,000, leading to Camelot to say Colchester was having an “unprecedented” run of luck.

But last month the lucky streak suffered a blow when the owner of another jackpot ticket lost out on their prize.

A EuroMillions ticket worth £167,477.30 was bought in the Colchester area in October last year but the lucky winner never came forward.

National Lottery bosses urged players to check their tickets in case they had the numbers 11, 20, 27, 35, 44 and the lucky stars two and five.

But the deadline to claim the cash passed and the money will instead go towards good causes.

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