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£10 Million Lotto Jackpot Unclaimed

£10 Million Lotto Jackpot Unclaimed

The first jackpot that was won under the new-style Lotto rules, and which was worth a hefty £10 million, still hasn’t been claimed. The fortune was landed outright on Saturday 5 October by a ticket matching the numbers 05, 15, 17, 19, 20 and 47, and it has been confirmed that the winning ticket had been purchased in Bradford. That said, if you have bought yourself a ticket in that part of the country in recent weeks, or you know someone who might have, now would be a good time to double-check them!

Although the Lotto prize structure changed at the beginning of October, the rules concerning the claiming of prizes is exactly the same as it always has been. Players have 180 days to make their claim, and the clock starts ticking from the date of the draw in which the prize was won. That means the £10 million winner has to come forward no later than Thursday 3rd April, 2014.

Players may think that almost six months is plenty of time for someone to claim their prize, and they would be right, but the chances of a ticket being lost or stolen only increases as time passes. Losing any ticket is bad enough, but losing one that is worth £10 million doesn’t bear thinking about, so our advice is to act quickly if you think there is even the slightest chance that you might have the winning entry.

Lottery officials recently released a statement appealing for people to look absolutely everywhere for the missing ticket. A spokesperson said: ‘We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings and we’re urging everyone who may have bought a ticket in this area to check in the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags and down the back of the sofa – someone out there could literally be sitting on a fortune! We have the champagne on ice and our fingers crossed that the lucky winner comes forward to claim their win.’

Whilst we hope that the £10 million winner comes forward in plenty of time to beat the 180 day deadline, we also hope that this delayed claim serves as a reminder of the benefits of playing online. If the jackpot winner had bought their ticket online, officials would already know who the £10 million belongs to, and would have notified the successful player automatically. Alas, we will have to wait and see if the decision to buy their ticket offline has cost the 5 October winner an eight-figure fortune. Watch this space and we’ll keep you posted!

Written by Tony Sharpe

Monday 21st October 2013

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