At, we love lotteries, we love big draws and lottery payouts and most of all we love our big lottery winners! Most of all, we love hearing how people's lives have been transformed with their giant jackpot winnings.

What we don't love though, is reading about missing lottery tickets, unclaimed prizes and huge jackpots just sitting gathering dust. This week we've heard about it not once, but twice - and we can't bear to think of the lucky lottery winners out there who could potentially lose out on claiming their life-changing windfalls.

Wanted: US Mega Millions jackpot winner

The biggest "where is the winner?!" story of the week is still the missing Mega Millions winner from Illinois. And this just isn't any old jackpot they're missing out on - this is $270 million in prize money and lifelong financial security. Here's what we know so far: the winning ticket was bought at Bucky's Express in Glendale Heights, Illinois. It had all five main numbers and the Mega Ball in a random super Quick Pick selection (oh the luck!). And it was a 1 in 258,890,850 shot at winning that paid off to the tune of $270 million!

Reports have been going out all over the media since it was discovered that a winning ticket was in existence, but now the search has intensified, and even the National Lottery itself is getting in on the act. ”Given the long holiday weekend, we want the winner to know they don’t have to wait until Tuesday to come to a lottery office to make their claim, we will come to them,” Lottery Director Michael Jones is reported as saying. ”If you are holding the winning $270 million Mega Millions ticket please call 217-524-5158 immediately.”

USA MegaMillions ticket

If the ticket isn't found, its owner will be giving up on a huge amount of money - either a once-off payment of approximately $181 million, or 30 consecutive annual payments that will increase by 5% every year. We'll keep you updated on this story as reports come in, and we urge you as always to keep an eye on your lotteries and your jackpots too!

Canadian lottery winner still at large

It's not just the USA that has a lottery jackpot going begging - Canada has its share of AWOL lottery winners too. On 16 January a $1 million Lotto Max ticket was sold to an unsuspecting player who has yet to come forward to claim their prize. Social media may have the answer though, as a man thought to have purchased the winning ticket was shown in a Facebook photograph holding his million-dollar buy. His ticket authenticity is still to be confirmed, and he has a year in which to claim his prize - but we know if it were us, we'd be down at the lottery offices a nanosecond after the draw, banging on the door and demanding our money!

We don't know how it happens, but it seems to be happening more and more recently - people are playing the lottery and then leaving their prizes out in the cold. We'd just like to take this opportunity to announce that if any lottery winners out there are uncomfortable with receiving such huge amounts of money, we'd be more than happy to take the extra cash off your hands. Just another service we provide.

Of course, if you'd like to win the cash in the first place, there's only one way to do it - buy your lottery ticket online at today and claim your jackpot the minute the winning numbers are announced!

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