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Could You be an Unwitting Lottery Millionaire?

Last Updated: Wednesday 27th August 2014, 10:47 am

According to the National Lottery, there are two potential millionaires wandering the streets of the UK who may not even realise that they hold the key to a champagne lifestyle. Two jackpot-winning Lotto tickets from earlier this year, worth £1.4 million and just over £1 million, remain unclaimed as of today.

One player purchased a ticket in the District of Thanet, Kent for the Saturday 2nd August Lotto draw and matched the six main numbers 13, 23, 28, 37, 42 and 45 to pick up a windfall of £1,471,718. If the ticket holder, who bought their ticket close to Charles Dickens’ favoured holiday spot at Broadstairs, was to enter their claim soon they could take the opportunity to invest in a signed copy of the great author’s Tale of Two Cities, which was inscribed to George Eliot and has been valued for auction this week at over £250,000. They have until 29th January 2015 to claim their prize and we figure that would be a good post-Christmas pick-me-up!

Lottery officials are always trying to come up with imaginative campaigns to identify missing winners, and a recent event is no exception. Despite a novel stunt to raise awareness of an unclaimed £1,045,504 UK Lotto jackpot in Ealing, West London, featuring a rooftop VIP cinema with reserved seating for the missing millionaire, the owner of the winning ticket is still to come forward.

They purchased their line of winning numbers for the Lotto draw on Saturday 28th June, correctly matching the six main numbers 8, 12, 28, 30, 43 and 49, and have until Christmas Day to stake their claim before the prize money and any interest it has accrued is transferred to the Good Causes Fund.

Of course, the best way to ensure that you can always be found should your numbers come up is to buy your Lotto tickets online. If your ticket matches a winning combination then you’ll receive an email notification of any prize that you are due, which eliminates the possibility of your ticket being stolen, damaged or lost. If you do purchase your ticket from an authorised retailer, then it is a good idea to sign the back of it right away and store it in a safe place to avoid a frantic search of the pockets of every pair of jeans in your laundry basket before a potentially winning ticket heads for the washing machine!

Tonight’s Lotto jackpot is an estimated £2.1 million and the Lotto Raffle will hand out 50 prizes of £20,000 each. Tickets are on sale now.

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