Missing £3.95m lottery ticket handed in

Wanted: one lottery winner to claim £3.95m. The hunt is on in Spain for a lottery winner who has not come forward to claim their lotto winnings (winning numbers 10,17,24,37,40 and 43) after buying the ticket in a Galician Carrefour shopping centre - then losing it.

The missing ticket was handed in by a man called Manuel Reija González - who's entitled to the cash if it's not claimed.

Good Samaritan

Well-intentioned Manuel Reija González, himself a lottery ticket seller, must have mixed feelings about the situation. Bizarrely, González's brother works for the Spanish lottery, as did his grandfather and father before him. Trying to give away nearly £4m can be tricky; several have already tried to claim it before being rejected by the Spanish authorities.

Given that youth unemployment in Spain is around 55% and Spain's economy contracted -1.4% last year, there's no shortage of outstretched hands. Quoted in the Guardian, mayor of La Coruña, Carlos Negreira, said they continue to millionaire-hunt.

So unlucky

"For the first time we're looking for a millionaire, not because we want money from them, but because we want to give it to them."

In contrast, have some sympathy for Martyn and Kay Tott. They won £3,011,065 in 2001, but were unable to find their winning ticket - bought from a Londis St Albans store - despite being able to prove to Camelot that they had bought the ticket.

Several weeks of euphoria and despair followed. Camelot, though, denied them their winnings. Living in a one-bedroom in Watford, they were crowned Britain's Unluckiest Couple by the media. Richard Branson gave them a free holiday on his private island and the couple threatened legal action against Camelot.

But rules are rules

But the decision not to pay the couple, the National Lottery Commission ruled, was based on the principle that it could not be seen to undermine the integrity of the Lottery. The Totts, crucially, had not informed Camelot within 30 days of losing their winning ticket.

Under huge stress, the couple split at the end of 2001. "I moved to America," wrote Martyn Tott in the Independent in 2010, "found God, joined a cult, lost God again and then found my true vocation, writing. When I look back I wouldn't change anything, it has brought me to where I am today, and now I'm truly happy. I've had quite a ride for the price of a one pound ticket."

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