Ouch. Be sure to play on LottoGopher so this never happens to you… This story comes to us from Europe where a £3,681,197 will go unclaimed. Here’s the story as reported by BBC.com.uk.
Time runs out for lottery winner
TIME – and luck – has run out for the holder of a winning Lottery ticket, which may well have been bought in the strath.
The search for the ticket holder, who had matched all six numbers, has been building in intensity in the past few weeks, with National Lottery players being urged to to check and double check their tickets.
Camelot Group, operator of The National Lottery, has announced that the £3,681,197 prize from the Lotto draw made back on Wednesday, September 23 last year, has remained unclaimed more than 180 days after the draw took place.
All the money, plus the interest it has earned, has now passed over to the Good Causes. The ticket-holder bought their Lotto ticket in the constituency of Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey and the deadline for claiming the prize was at 5.30pm on Monday this week.
A National Lottery spokesperson 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 £24 billion which has been raised over the last 15 years.”