You’d think after all the media attention on last year’s unclaimed £64m EuroMillions ticket, lottery players would hold onto theirs for dear life, just in case it was the ONE.
Only this week the National Lottery organiser, Camelot, announced on their website that three EuroMillions winners, each winning £1m, had failed to claim their prizes. The three lotto winners have missed the claim deadline, which was 11pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2013.
These unfortunate lottery players purchased their tickets for the 100 UK millionaires’ EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle to mark the launch of last year’s Olympics, back in July. The tickets were bought in the Borough of Wirral, Constituency of Hodge Hill and Borough of Bedford.
According to Camelot, a National Lottery spokesperson said in reference to all three unclaimed prizes: “Unfortunately, I can confirm that the ticket-holder did not come forward within the deadline to claim their prize and has now sadly missed out on this substantial amount of money. To avoid this unfortunate situation happening again, I would urge all National Lottery players to check their tickets on a regular basis.
“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 The National Lottery Good Causes – adding to the £29 billion already raised and distributed to over 390,000 individual awards that have benefitted people, communities and projects across the UK.”
The Good Causes Fund will receive £3m plus the interest accrued during the 180 day claim period just from these three unclaimed lottery prizes.
Also, in Northern Ireland the clock is ticking for a lotto player who purchased a winning EuroMillions ticket on Friday 3rd August in the Fermanagh & South Tyrone area. Again £1m is waiting to be claimed. Will the ticket holder make the Wednesday 30th January claim deadline?
You can play EuroMillions online at Lottery24.com. In this way, you will be informed in writing of all your winnings.