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Lotto Prize Expires

Lotto Prize Expires
Updated: Monday 20th July 2015

A UK Lotto prize won on Saturday 17 May, 2008, has gone unclaimed for more than 180 days, and has therefore expired as far as the rightful owner is concerned. The ticket, which was bought in Warrington, matched five main numbers and the bonus ball to win a prize of £397,462.

According to the official National Lottery rules, a prize-winning Lotto ticket is valid for 180 days from the draw taking place. If the prize is not claimed in that time, the ticket is void and the prize is handed over to the fund for Good Causes. This means that if the original winner comes forward on day 181, they will be turned away empty handed.

Regarding the Warrington expired ticket, a spokesperson for the National Lottery said: “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 will now go to the Good Causes, adding to the £22 billion which, over the last 13 years, has funded the biggest programme of civic regeneration seen in the UK since the 19th Century.”

If the thought of missing out on a potentially life-changing sum of money horrifies you, the good news is that it’s a preventable situation. All you have to do is get into the habit of checking your lottery results each and every week. If that sounds like too much hard work, an alternative is to buy Lotto tickets online so that you can be notified automatically of any win you become entitled to.

Published: Monday 17th November 2008

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