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Panto performer discovers forgotten lottery ticket worth £55k during car clean

AFTER more than a month, the winner of an unclaimed EuroMillions ticket in Pembrokeshire has been discovered. 

Dion Davies, aged 47 and from Ceredigion, had purchased the ticket for the December 20 draw at Tesco in Havenhead Retail Park, Milford Haven while performing as the Dame in the Torch Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty Pantomime. 

The prize, worth £55,086, had been announced as unclaimed by the National Lottery in January. 

It wasn’t until February 2, when Mr. Davies was preparing to have his car cleaned, that he realized he had won.

“I needed to clean the car both inside and out,” he said. “It was in a terrible state after lots of journeys, so I took it for a professional valet.

“The guy asked me to take all of my belongings out before he started, just in case he threw away something that was valuable. I’m glad he did!

“I found a multi lottery ticket in my sun visor that I had bought in December from Tesco in Milford Haven where I was performing in the panto. I took it to the Spar in Tregaron and the chap in the shop said I needed to call the number on the back of the final ticket because it was a winner!”

After returning home, he informed his wife Ifana about the good news. 

Together, they contacted The National Lottery to claim the prize and discovered that he had successfully matched all five numbers and one lucky star.

“Ifana had a friend round, so she stayed with us while we made the call. When the person at the Lottery said it was a winner, we all went, together with a neighbour, for some lunch together, which of course included some fizz.”

“Would I have left the ticket there if I had cleaned the car myself? Maybe, and I would have never claimed. As an actor, you always have ‘rest’ periods, so the win has come in handy!”

Mr Davies has played the pantomime dame at the Torch every year since 2010 and has been in Torchwood and Stella. He is currently rehearsing for a play called The Bet which he co-created.

Later this year, the Davies family, has plans to visit Italy. 

Additionally, Mr. Davies wishes to take his son to San Diego Comic Con, while the rest of the funds will be set aside for a future vacation.

Mr Davies buys a ticket every week for the EuroMillions with the winning numbers being family birthdays – 1, 11, 17, 20 and 27, with the lucky stars as 4 and 5.