National Lottery claim misses deadlineThursday October 15th 2009
A £50,000 National Lottery claim misses the deadline after 180 days has passed since the win. The lottery ticket which matched five numbers, plus the bonus ball on the April 15th drawing, was bought in the Fareham area of Hampshire. The prize money, plus any interest that it has earned will now pass on to the good causes lottery fund.
Sadly the lottery ticket holder has missed out on a substantial amount of money but with the addition of this prize money to the good causes fund, the nation will gain from this unclaimed national lottery prize.
Time and time again, we see appeals from the various lottery organisations, who are seeking winners of huge unclaimed lottery prizes. Unfortunately these huge unclaimed prizes are only the tip of the iceberg. There are many many smaller UK National Lottery prizes which go unclaimed week after week, that are never spoken of.
A National Lottery spokesman said ‘to avoid this unfortunate situation happening again, I would urge all National Lottery players to check their tickets regularly’.
Of course there is a still a problem with lost tickets, so many prizes also go unclaimed for this reason. When people buy lottery tickets, they tend to put them in a pocket or purse and forget about them. The clothing often gets washed with a ticket in the pocket or the lottery ticket in the purse or wallet gets thrown away with old receipts. People are missing out on huge amounts of money by not keeping their tickets safe.