Lotto prize of £1.5m unclaimed on South Tyneside
Good causes are to benefit to the tune of £1.5m after a jackpot winning lottery ticked bought in South Tyneside went unclaimed.
Lotto operator Camelot said it had appealed for the owners of the winning ticket to come forward since it was bought on 27 March.
However, since it had remained unclaimed for more than 180 days, the cash would now go to charity.
A spokesman said it was a "real shame" that no-one had claimed the cash.
The draw, which took place on 27 March, resulted in a jackpot of £1,524,177 with the winning numbers 6, 11, 15, 32, 38 and 42, with a bonus ball of 24.
The spokesman said: "Unfortunately, I can confirm that the ticket-holder did not come forward within the deadline to claim their prize and has now sadly missed out on this substantial amount of money.
"To avoid this unfortunate situation happening again, I would urge all National Lottery players to check their tickets on a regular basis.
"We tried very hard to find the ticket-holder and it is a real shame that they have missed out."