EuroMillions Prize Unclaimed
Updated: Thursday 24th April 2014
A EuroMillions prize worth £242,957 has not been claimed even though the ticket which won the second-tier prize did so on Friday 14 May. The lottery results for the EuroMillions draw on that date were 01, 17, 31, 43 and 47, and the Lucky Stars were 02 and 03. The winning ticket was purchased in the County Down area, so if anyone reading this happens to live in that location or could have bought a ticket when passing through in recent weeks, our advice is to check any old tickets that you have in your possession. With almost a quarter of a millions pounds at stake, missing out on this prize wouldn't be something that could easily be shrugged off...
As regular readers will be aware, EuroMillions players in the UK have up to 180 days from the date of the draw to claim their prize, and if no such claim is made then the prize money is handed over to the fund for Good Causes. Even if the rightful winner discovers their winning ticket at the very last minute and tries to claim their prize 181 days after the draw, the prize would already have been declared void, so the winner wouldn't receive a penny.
It is this deadline that makes it so important for you to check your lottery tickets regularly, and to do so just as soon as each draw has taken place. The longer you leave it to check a lottery ticket, the more chance there is of you losing it altogether, and we here at Lottery.co.uk can't think of anything worse than beating long odds and landing a major prize only to accidentally throw the winning ticket out with the trash. That might sound unlikely, but it has happened before and as long as people continue to neglect their ticket-checking habits it will undoubtedly happen again.
Of course, National Lottery players who buy lottery tickets online don't have to worry about that kind of thing, and that's because anyone who wins a prize from a ticket purchased online is notified of their win by email. And because there isn't any paper ticket involved when you play online, throwing it away by accident – and effectively saying goodbye to a fortune – isn't a possibility.
If the County Down lottery winner had bought their ticket online then they might already be deciding how to spend the £242,957 that they won on Friday 14 May. We can only hope that they discover their win before their deadline of Wednesday 10 November arrives.
For the rest of us, we have £2.4 million Lotto game to look forward to on Wednesday 2 June and a £12 million EuroMillions game a couple of days after on Friday 4 June. Buy lottery tickets online and if you win you'll be the first to know about it!
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