£2.5m Unclaimed Winning Lottery ticket in Worcestershire. Do you Know the Winner?

Posted on June 2nd, 2009

It seems incredible, but there is a two and a half MILLION Lottery ticket in Worcestershire that is still waiting for a claimant. The National Lottery winner has either lost his or her ticket, hasn´t checked it or has gone bonkers. The win happened around two months ago.
The winner of the Lotto ticket matched all 6 numbers in the midweek draw on March 11 – and has the rest of the summer to claim (until September 7). The exact win was £2,525,485.

The ticket had the following numbers: 6, 9, 20, 21, 31 and 34 and was purchased in the Worcester or Malvern areas. If anyone knows the winner, GET THEM TO CALL THE NATIONAL LOTTERY NOW!

The champagne is on ice- if you think it´s you, check your old tickets, look down the back of the sofa and rummage around under the car seats- just find the ticket. If no-one claims the two and a half million quid before September, the cash will go to charity. The National Lottery Line is 0845 910 0000.

This piece of news got us thinking. How many lottery wins go unclaimed each year?

If you do a quick search on google for “unclaimed lottery”, it throws up news on two unclaimed winning tickets lin the Bay Area (California State Lottery), an unclaimed lotto prize of almost £74 grand from last month´s draw (bought in the London borough of Tower Hamlets:  5 numbers plus the bonus ball in the Saturday, April 25 2009 draw) and a $3.4 million unclaimed Lotto jackpot in Washington USA.

Unbelievable!

How many lottery tickets go unclaimed each year? Well, millions of pounds go unclaimed every year. Between March and July 2006 £5,313,000 was unclaimed. Estimates vary, but it is thought that about £2 million in lottery wins are unclaimed every single week. And that´s just in the UK. In 1 week in 2008 nearly two and a half million pounds went to charity instead of to the winners. Last year a Euromillions winner from Devon lost £6.9 million when he or she forgot (or didn´t know they had to) claim the prize.

Which begs the question- why don´t they have a system whereby you leave a phone number or email address so that you can be contacted? Probably because these “lost millions” go to a worthwhile cause anyway- the ultimate loser would be the charities.

If you are too lazy to check your numbers, you don´t deserve the windfall anyway, I guess.

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