Despite the thrill and excitement generated by playing lotteries, people often still forgot to do the one crucial thing they need to do after buying a ticket – check their numbers! When players do not check their lottery numbers, this leads to big prizes and jackpots going unclaimed and can mean that players could miss out on multi-million value prizes. There are a few unclaimed lottery prizes dating back to the festive period of 2012, so players – read on to find out which ones they are, and to check your tickets!
If we cast our memories back to the festive Euromillions draws of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, these midweek draws each saw 25 Christmas Millionaires made, with a total of 50 £1 million prizes up for grabs. There are three outstanding £1 million prizes still waiting to be claimed from the Christmas Day draw, and one from the New Year’s Day draw. If you bought UK Euromillions tickets for either Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, you can check the Millionaire Raffle number against the draws on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day using our Euromillions Results Archive.
Also going unclaimed is a UK Lotto jackpot of £3,017,471 dating back to Saturday 2nd February 2013. This lucky ticket was purchased in the Tendring district of Essex, so if you remember buying a UK Lotto ticket from a petrol station, newsagents or supermarket in Tendring a fortnight ago, check your pockets, handbags and car glove compartment and see if you matched all six numbers! If your numbers were 2, 12, 13, 14, 21 and 30 you could be a secret millionaire!
However, jackpots are not the only prizes which go unclaimed. There are also several secondary tier prizes from the UK Lotto and the Euromillions currently unclaimed, with the unclaimed Euromillions prize dating back to 1st February 2013 and being worth £262,109. So, UK players are strongly advised to check their 2013 lottery tickets now, as you could be sitting on a million pound prize!