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Time runs out for Havering £1m Lotto winner...but here’s what they could’ve bought

Ian McCarthy and wife Kim from Tyne and Wear as they celebrate winning the EuroMillions Raffle draw last year. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire Ian McCarthy and wife Kim from Tyne and Wear as they celebrate winning the EuroMillions Raffle draw last year. Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Sunday, January 26, 2014
9:00 AM

A would-be Havering millionaire has now run out of time to claim their EuroMillions fortune.

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Using their £1million ticket, bought in the borough, here’s what they could have got – with the average house price in Havering about £250,000, the winner could have divided their time between four, three-bedroom homes.

But it would only have got them less than half of the most expensive house bought in Havering last year – the £2,145,000 Noak Hill mansion which also happened to be the second most expensive property in the UK sold at auction.

Of course, any brand new millionaire would need a flashy motor. A standard Porsche 911 Carrera comes in at £73,000, so 13 of them could be bought with the winner’s entire cash pot.

That might be all too greedy though.

You would need a sensible plan such as a family home in Havering, a sports car to get you about and a leafy Surrey home to holiday in.

Average house prices in Surrey were about £420,000 last year so the sensible plan would leave about £257,000.

That amount could be split between family and friends quite easily.

Either that, or you could blow the rest on six nights in one of the world’s most expensive holiday resorts – the Calivigny island just off the Caribbean.

Unfortunately, the golden ticket was never found and as of Wednesday it had expired.

Winners have 180 days from the draw to claim their prize.

The money, and the interest it earned, has now been handed to the National Lottery Good Causes charity.

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.”

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