The £64 million lottery jackpot that no one wanted

£64m is a lot of cash to leave unclaimed: here's how the winner might have spent it

LAST UPDATED AT 16:32 ON Thu 6 Dec 2012

A MYSTERY lottery player has lost out on a £64 million fortune after missing last night's 11pm deadline to claim the life-changing prize.

The winning EuroMillions ticket was bought on 8 June in the Stevenage and Hitchin area of Hertfordshire. But despite an intensive campaign by the National Lottery to identify the winner – they even hired a town crier to raise awareness of the unclaimed prize - the £63,873,543.60 jackpot last night became the biggest unclaimed lottery win in history, says The Independent.

The massive prize and the interest it has generated now goes to the National Lottery Good Causes fund.

If you're reading this and realise you left the winning ticket in that jacket you took to the dry cleaners, take heart. Here's what you could have done with the money:

1. Buy Apple shares: Today is a great day to build a portfolio of Apple shares. They plunged 6.4 per cent overnight wiping $35 billion off the company's value. Happy days! With £64m you can now buy 119,720 Apple shares at $534.58 each. That's 28,291 more shares than you would have got earlier this year when the stock hit a record high of $700 a share.

2: Become a newspaper baron. It was reported by The Times a week ago that Alexander Lebedev, who bought The Independent three years for a token £1, is looking for a minority partner to share the pain of losses estimated at £14m a year. £64m would be more than enough to buy in – and you get to partner a real-life former KGB agent who's currently facing a possible jail sentence for punching another businessman on live TV. Welcome to Fleet Street!

3. Buy a ticket to the moon. It costs £100 million to buy a return ticket from Excalibur Alma, the Isle of Man-based company that has acquired two Soviet space stations and is converting them into space ships. That means you've either got to save another £36 million – first flights don't leave until 2015, so there's time – or just a buy a single.

4. Move house. You could spend some of your £64m on a gaffe on The Bishops Avenue in north London where the eight-bedroom Jersey House was on the market recently for £40 million, leaving you change with which to buy the iPad that controls the security system. A recent investigation into tax loopholes revealed that most of the houses on this 'billionaire's row' are owned by "corporate entities". So, no street parties then.

5. Start an art collection. If you want to avoid those nasty "nouveau-riche" whispers, the best idea is to buy art. You could have had Rothko's No.1 (Royal Red and Blue) for £46.6 million when it went under the hammer in New York recently, and then added Francis Bacon's Screaming Pope for another £18.4 million. That still leaves cash for the taxi back to the hotel. · 

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