Why are so many UK lottery prizes unclaimed?

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Found 14th Mar 2011
You would have thought that checking a lottery ticket was fairly easy, yet millions and millions goes unclaimed in lottery wins in the UK.

I notice for example in the "unclaimed prizes" section of the Lotto web site that SIX prizes of 1 million have gone unclaimed so far since last Autumn.

What are the causes of unclaimed prizes?

Do people lose their ticket?

Or do they check against the "wrong" results (buy a Lotto ticket but check Euro Millions or whatever)

Or do they check the wrong week (check this weeks ticket against last weeks numbers for example).

When people have made the effort to buy a lottery ticket I cant believe how much is "lost" because the tickets are not checked for some reason.

You can see the list of recent unclaimed prizes by going to the Lotto web site (see below) and selecting "Check results" then "Unclaimed prizes"

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5 Comments

I suspect people buy lucky dips and don't check or they could have died after buying ticket!

I used to find old tickets years after buying them or lose them all the time. Now I do it all online to overcome these situations and still I never win anything.

I think some people actual bottle it, they probably realise that their life is just fine without the money, maybe enjoy their jobs or dont fancy giving uncle fester money for nothing etc etc

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I think some people actual bottle it, they probably realise that their … I think some people actual bottle it, they probably realise that their life is just fine without the money, maybe enjoy their jobs or dont fancy giving uncle fester money for nothing etc etc


lol yeah right, lots of people win and carry on with their slave job so that ones out.

i guess people forget, lose it or dont check it and bin it.
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