December 10th, 2022: A lottery draw is a source of excitement and anticipation, especially if you bet on your lucky numbers. And if that almost once-in-a-lifetime opportunity hits and we win the lottery jackpot, we plan to make a mad rush to collect the prize.
However, a lucky winner in the United Kingdom is sitting on a lottery ticket worth £7.4 million. As of December 7th, no winner has come to claim the prize.
According to Camelot, the jackpot was from the June 18 lottery draw, and they are still waiting for the winner to collect the prize. The records show that the lucky player is from Wolverhampton. It’s been months since the draw, and time is running out for the lucky lottery winner. According to UK lottery procedures, the winner has up to six months to appear and collect the jackpot, or this money is lost forever.
As of this writing, this mystery winner has only a few days to claim the jackpot.
This lotto jackpot is huge: the jackpot total is £7,440,150.00 (US$9.08 million). That amount is enough to buy around ten prime houses in London or around 18 Ferrari Stradales.
So what happens to unclaimed winnings?
In most cases, lottery winners will rush to claim their wins. Although some remain anonymous, many players contact the office days to arrange the payout. So what happens if no one claims the lottery winnings? The rules say the money will go back to the National Lottery. The funds shall be used to fund the many projects of the National Lottery across the UK. On this page, lottery players will find the list of winning tickets in the last few months and the last day to claim the jackpot.
Last June, Camelot shared that it spent £1.91 billion on worthy causes for its 2022 fiscal year, including money from unclaimed jackpots.
There are several reasons why some National Lottery jackpots remain unclaimed.
Sometimes, lottery winners don’t place claims because they don’t know they hold the winning ticket. Some regular players, too, buy lottery tickets out of habit, and after the purchase, they forget about their tickets. Some players may intentionally not collect the jackpot for fear or worry that their lives may change negatively if they pursue the money. After verifying the results, a few people threw away the ticket. Others may end up storing the ticket in a book or wallet and forget about it or even lose it.
Based on the reports of the National Lottery, there are a few lucky winners who forgot to claim their jackpots. But as we mentioned, the money is never wasted. The National Lottery invests and spends the money on its charity efforts across the UK.