Unclaimed UK Lottery Cash Prizes

Published in UK Lotto on 3rd September 2010

Many millions of people all over Britain play the UK lotto each week with the belief that they can scoop that life altering jackpot. You would therefore think that these individuals would be frantic to get hold of the results immediately after the draw has been completed to see if their dreams have come true. You may therefore be rather surprised when I say to you that a considerable amount of prize money never gets claimed.

The UK lotto is frequently sitting on substantial amounts of prize money that they are just waiting to be claimed. In just the five month period from September 2008 to February 2009 just short of £4 million still sits unclaimed by players of just the UK lotto game. These are not just a heap of insignificant prizes either; there are many in excess of £10,000, a few of more than £100,000 as well as one prize of £1.5 million.

If you have made the effort to purchase a ticket for the UK lotto, ensure that you check your ticket numbers as soon as the draw has taken place. If you are fortunate enough to secure a cash prize, claim it as soon as possible because the UK National lotto rules stipulate that any prize that has not been claimed within 180 days will be forfeited.

The principle reason specified by lottery players as to why they do not claim their lotto wins is because they have lost their tickets. I’m sure that nearly all of us have lost a lotto ticket at some point and have desperately attempted to get hold of it in time for the draw but with little luck.

Depending on the amount of your UK lottery win, there are different ways in which you claim your prize. If your prize is under £200, you can claim your cash from any UK National lottery retailer in Britain. When your prize money fall into the category between £200 and £500 some lotto retailers may still pay out a cash sum of this size but for those who choose not to do this you will need to make a trip to the post office to claim your prize.

When you are claiming UK National lotto prizes that fit the category between £500 and £50,000 again the post office is the place where your cash payout needs to be claimed. You will have to complete a claim form, present your winning ticket as evidence as well as show your proof of identification before being presented with a cheque for your prize. Cash prizes of this nature can also be claimed by mail from the National lottery head quarters. Again you will be required to fill out a claim form and send your winning ticket as evidence of your win. If you prefer to pick up your prize in this manner, be sure to make a copy of your lotto ticket for your security and then post the original via recorded delivery.

When you are fortunate enough to be calling in a UK National lotto prize of more than £50,000, you need to visit one of the National lottery’s regional centres and request your payout in person.

If you want to steer clear of ever joining the list of individuals who forfeit their UK National lottery winnings, it would be wise to set up an online subscription plan with the UK National lottery directly. If you choose this option, your ticket fees will always be taken on time and you will be notified of any cash prizes coming your way a short time after the draw has been made. Playing the lotto in this manner will make sure that you never fail to claim prize money that is rightfully yours.

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