But what isn’t often mentioned in winners stories is how much lottery winnings is forfeited because winners do not come forward to claim their prize, or simply forget to check their lottery tickets after the draw.
The latest story of a lottery jackpot going unclaimed is from Swindon in the UK, where a player matched all the lucky numbers to win a £1 million jackpot on November 9th last year.
After the 180 day period that players have to come forward to claim their prizes passed the jackpot was considered forfeited and will go toward funding various charities across the UK.
The senior winners' advisor for the National Lottery, Andy Carter, said that, "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."
How to make sure you never miss claiming your lottery winnings.
The easiest and most sure way to guarantee that you never miss out on claiming your lottery winnings is to play the lottery online.
When you play the lottery online all of your winnings are automatically credited to your account, there is no need to come forward with your ticket or having your ticket verified. It’s all done automatically!
If you win any lottery prize you will receive an email notifying you and your winnings are credited to your account.
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When you play the lottery online you get to choose from the biggest lotteries from territories like the UK, Europe and the USA.
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