Lottery Millions Still Unclaimed!
Updated: Thursday 15th December 2016
Christmas could come early for lottery players who take the time to check their old tickets because there are some truly massive prizes that have already been won but are still to be claimed. Unfortunately, every prize that is won needs to be claimed by a certain date, and several prizes of £1 million will expire over the next few weeks. If you don’t want to risk missing out on a big win that you might already have achieved, you will need to check your tickets promptly.
The Unclaimed Lottery Prizes page details outstanding prizes in the order of expiry, and we can tell you that the deadline for claiming one particular prize of £1 million plus a New Zealand adventure holiday is next Wednesday 21 December. This prize was won on Friday 24 June, when five Millionaire Maker prizes were awarded for that month’s EuroMillions Mega Week. The winning ticket was purchased in the Council District of Fife, so if you are a EuroMillions player who is likely to have bought a ticket in that area, be sure to check your old tickets against the results published here.
Other substantial sums that are still unclaimed include a Thunderball prize of £500,000 that was won by a ticket purchased in Rotherham, a Lotto Millionaire Raffle prize of £1 million that was won by a ticket purchased in Cheshire West and Cheshire, and a July Mega Week Millionaire Maker prize of £2 million and a luxury trip to the Gold Coast that was won by a ticket purchased in Carmarthenshire.
There are more than a dozen prizes of £1 million or more that are currently waiting for their lucky owners to collect them before the 180-day period is up. We therefore recommend that you check all of your old entries today, and be sure to look in any ‘safe places’ that you sometimes use to store tickets (such as your wallet, handbag or car glove compartment), just in case you have a winner that you might have forgotten about.
As always, we would like to urge all players to get into the habit of checking tickets as soon as possible after each and every draw, and to claim any prize won as soon as possible, even if it is a minor award. Many players have claimed what they had believed to be a minor prize only to realise that they had actually won a much larger sum, so don’t ever think that a consolation prize is too small to be worth claiming promptly. Visit the Lottery Results Checkers page and you will be able to enter your numbers and have them checked automatically against the database of results for the last 180 days.
Many of the current unclaimed prizes are from Lotto Millionaire Raffle or Millionaire Maker, suggesting people are checking the main draw numbers, but forgetting about the automatically-generated codes on their tickets. Always ensure you look up the results for every part of the game.
Should you check all of your old tickets and discover that you aren’t one of the missing winners, don’t despair. There are plenty of massive lottery draws coming up between now and the end of the year, and the EuroMillions and Lotto draws this Friday and Saturday will offer estimated jackpots of £42 million and £15.2 million, respectively. Download one of our free lottery apps to get the results on your phone just as soon as the draws have taken place, and good luck with your numbers!Published: Thursday 15th December 2016
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