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Huge UK Lotto prizes yet to be claimed

UK National LotteryUK National Lottery: Huge UK Lotto prizes yet to be claimed

The UK National Lottery operator Camelot has launched a New Year search for the winners of £16.3 million (US$30.9 million) in unclaimed prize money from last year.

The biggest outstanding ticket was bought in Belfast in August and is now worth £7 million (US$13.3 million) - if anyone can find it.

Winners have 180 days to claim their prizes before the money is donated to arts, sports and community groups.

Anyone who believes they have a winning ticket can call the National Lottery line on 0845 910 0000.

A ticket bought from the Swale area of Kent last July is worth £1.5 million (US$2.8 million) while another, bought in the Wyre area of Lancashire, won £2.8 million (US$5.3 million).

Their owners have until 17 and 24 January respectively to claim their prizes.

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Two tickets worth £1.6 million (US$3 million) each were bought in Stroud, Gloucestershire, and Sandwell, West Midlands. They will expire in May.

Fabian Devlin, of Camelot, said: "We hear of many reasons why people don't come forward - they accidentally throw away their tickets, they don't check their tickets properly, or they lose them, to name just a few.

"Our advice to players for 2005 is to keep your lottery tickets safe, check them after each draw and avoid missing out on a fortune."

In August 2000, an Essex man claimed a £250,000 (US$473,167) Thunderball prize with only six days to spare.

Chris Jackson, of Southend, had been sleeping in his car for six months and the winning ticket lay in a shoe box in the boot.

The National Lottery has given away more than £16 billion (US$30.3 billion) since draws began in 1994.

The winning numbers on the outstanding tickets are:

  • Belfast, £7 million (US$13.3 million), Lotto Extra, 7 August: 3, 5, 8, 18, 28, 48

  • Swale, Kent, £1.5 million (US$2.8 million), Lotto, 21 July: 6, 9, 13, 15, 40, 43

  • Wyre, Lancashire, £2.8 million (US$5.3 million), Lotto, 28 July: 10, 11, 14, 21, 25, 42

  • Stroud, Gloucestershire, £1.6 million (US$3 million), Lotto 10th Birthday Draw, 6 November: 5, 17, 23, 26, 42, 48

  • Sandwell, West Midlands, £1.6 million (US$3 million), Lotto 10th Birthday Draw, 6 November: 5, 17, 23, 26, 42, 48

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Posted: January 5, 2005, 3:24 pm - IP Logged

They win CASH no matter how long they wait.