A lucky person has claimed a huge £1 million prize after winning the lottery with a ticket bought in the North East.

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, the operator of The National Lottery, confirmed the money was won on a ticket bought in County Durham for the Lotto draw on February 27, 2021.

However, the ticket holder of this prize has chosen to remain anonymous and therefore no further details have been released.

Camelot's Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery, said, "We’re delighted that we’ve been able to pay out this fantastic Lotto prize and we hope that the lucky ticket-holder will enjoy their win.

"By buying a ticket for Lotto or any other National Lottery game, every player is helping to raise money for Good Causes.

"On average, around £30M is raised every week for projects across the UK, both big and small, including funding everything from local charities making a difference where you live to supporting the nation’s elite athletes."

More than £1 billion is being used by charities and organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak thanks to National Lottery players.

This includes over £600 million in funding support from the National Lottery Community Fund which is being used to help groups best placed to support people and communities through the crisis.

The National Lottery is encouraging everyone to buy or check their tickets online at national-lottery.co.uk or by downloading the National Lottery app, and to buy or check their tickets in retail in line with government guidance.

Playing online via the website or app means that your ticket is checked, and you get an email notification if you win a prize. You can also scan your retail tickets on the National Lottery app to check if you're a winner.

Anyone who has any queries or who believes they have the winning ticket for any of the National Lottery draws within the 180-day deadline should call the National Lottery Line on 0333 234 5050 or email [email protected]