Second Unclaimed Lottery Prize Set to Expire in Rochdale
Last Updated: Wednesday 8th June 2016, 10:32 am
An unclaimed EuroMillions prize of £349,463 from a ticket bought in Rochdale is set to expire next week unless the owner makes contact with lottery officials. The news comes less than a week after another player in the Greater Manchester town missed out on a £1 million Lotto Millionaire Raffle payday when they reached the end of the 180-day claims period without the slip being presented for validation.
The EuroMillions ticket holder has until Wednesday 15th June to inform the National Lottery claims team that they have the winning entry, which matched all five main numbers and one Lucky Star in the draw on Friday 18th December 2015. The winning EuroMillions numbers were 6, 22, 26, 29 and 48 with Lucky Stars 5 and 6.
All National Lottery prizes must be claimed within 180 days of the winning draw or the cash, and the interest it has accrued, is transferred to the Good Causes Fund. This is what has now happened to the £1 million prize from a Lotto ticket bought in Rochdale for the draw on Saturday 5th December 2015 after it expired on Thursday 2nd June of this year.
Anyone who may have entered the EuroMillions draw in the town on Friday 18th December is being urged to check their handbags, turn out the pockets of old trousers and root through any pots, jars and biscuit tins they have lying around the house to try and find the ticket. The following day after the draw will have seen many people desperately attempting to finish their Christmas shopping on the last weekend before the big event, work Christmas parties will have been in full swing and Rochdale Town secured a 3-1 win at home against Colchester United, all of which may go some way to explaining why the lottery ticket went unchecked in the busiest season of the year.
See the unclaimed prizes page to find out if there is a giant windfall near you waiting to be united with its rightful owner. If you play lotteries by buying physical tickets at an authorised retailer, it is important that you sign the back of the entry to prove that it is yours and store it a safe and memorable place. You can use the National-Lottery.com Ticket Checkers to see if you are due a prize soon after the draws take place.
Tonight’s Lotto jackpot is worth £16.7 million and you can buy tickets online, where you will receive an email if you win so you never miss out on an award, or at shops across the UK. Good luck!