There’s a UK Lottery player somewhere who has just missed out claiming their £1,000,000 jackpot prize as they failed to double-check their lottery ticket. This, unfortunately, is the main reason why playing the UK Lottery online is essential to ensure that you never lose out on your life-changing lottery win.
The lucky UK Lottery player purchased their ticket on the 9th of January in Manchester for a draw that took place that same evening.
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Their lottery dream should have come true, as they not only matched all the main numbers but the bonus ball too – scooping the jackpot.
It’s not uncommon for jackpot winners to take their time claiming their lottery prizes and under the UK National Lottery operator’s rules, players have 180 days (around six months) to come forward with a winning ticket and claim their prize.
However, no one came forward to claim the prize and unfortunately, the ticket expired - meaning that they forfeit their £1,000,000.
What happens to unclaimed UK Lottery prizes?
UK Lottery winners have 180 days in which to claim their lottery prizes, after which, Camelot, the operators of the UK National Lottery, donate the prize money to the Good Causes fund. Officials release the location in which an unclaimed winning ticket was bought after the draw to help track down the winner.
Many prizes that go unclaimed every year, totalling more than £15,000,000 in unclaimed lottery prizes. It’s for this reason that UK Lottery players and those playing various other international lotteries should get into the habit of double-checking their tickets.
Do you immediately double-check your lottery tickets purchased offline? If you answered yes, then we urge you to make sure that you rather play the lottery online. This way, you will never lose out on taking home a huge lottery prize, as the checking is done on your behalf and in the event of a win, you will be contacted with the good news.
Playing the lottery online has many advantages, just one of them being that you never need to worry about your ticket expiring and missing out on claiming that once in a lifetime jackpot.
When you play online at PlayUKLottery we keep a record of all your purchased tickets, which not only makes claiming your win effortless but you can also replay your entry with just a click of a button. By keeping track of your transaction history you will also be able to budget correctly plus see which numbers come up more often.
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You can also contact your amazing Customer Service Representatives if you have any questions. They will contact you directly to let you know about the biggest jackpots, secret winning tips and anything else you may want to know.
This article forms part of our UK Lottery Resource Centre.