EuroMillions Prize Forfeited
It seems that our frequently repeated advice to lottery players to buy lottery tickets online so that they don’t risk missing out on a big prize still isn’t being heeded as widely as it should be. We say this because a second-tier EuroMillions prize worth £616,198 has just been forfeited by an unknown lottery winner who failed to come forward to claim their prize before the 180 days deadline was reached at 5:30pm on Wednesday 9 June. Had this player bought their ticket online then they would have been notified of their win by email, but because they played offline they could not be traced and their prize has now gone to the fund for Good Causes.
The prize of £616,198 was won in the EuroMillions draw that took place on Friday 11 December. It was purchased by someone in the Belfast area, though whether the owner is a resident of that area or a person who just happened to be travelling through on business or pleasure is something we will never know. All we do know is that someone bought a ticket, matched five main numbers and one Lucky Star to win a second-tier prize of £616,198, and then neglected to claim that prize.
It is likely that the person who bought the ticket didn’t check the lottery results for the game they had entered, and is therefore completely unaware of the fortune they have missed out on. Or it could be that the paper lottery ticket has been lost or stolen. Whatever the case, it is a great shame that the owner succeeded in beating odds of 1 in 5,448,240 to win the second-tier prize, only to fail completely in the rather simple task of claiming their prize before the 180 day deadline expired.
Of course, every cloud has a silver lining, and a spokesperson for the National Lottery operator highlighted this. “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,” the spokersperson said. “This money will now go to the Good Causes, adding to the £24 billion which, over the last 15 years, has funded the biggest programme of civic regeneration seen in the UK since the 19th Century.”
So all is not lost because the Good Causes will put the unclaimed £616,198 to very good use. That said, the lessons to be learned from this tale are quite clear – if you want to avoid missing out, buy lottery tickets online, check your results as soon as possible after the drew and make your claim as soon as you know that you have won. With £2.4 up for grabs in the Lotto game this Wednesday 16 June and a £12 million jackpot available in the EuroMillions game this Friday 18 June, ignoring those lessons could cost you dearly.Tuesday 15th June 2010
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