After 180 days of searching for the missing Tower Hamlets EuroMillions winner The National Lottery has announced the time to claim the prize is up.

The ticket-holder has lost out on a prize of £1million and a holiday which they won on November 28.

As the deadline has now passed the money, plus the interest it earned, has gone to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

Since 1994 £33billion has been raised by National Lottery players, which has been awarded to projects across the arts, sports, heritage, health, education, environment, charity and voluntary sectors.

A National Lottery spokesman said: “We tried very hard to find the ticket-holder and it’s a real shame that they have missed out, but there is still one winner – the nation. This money, and all the interest earned over the 180 days, will now go to benefit projects all over the UK funded by The National Lottery.”