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£6m of National Lottery Prizes Remain Unclaimed By Lotto And EuroMillions Winners

£6m of National Lottery Prizes Remain Unclaimed By Lotto And EuroMillions Winners

Imagine that you won the lottery, but had no idea that you had won it. Brutal.

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

Never mind what you could win this weekend - there are already millions that were won last year that nobody has picked up. Someone out there could be sitting on a million pound ticket and they have no idea about it. Just think, you could be the next Jane Park.

Imagine what you'd do if you won the lottery. The fantasy probably starts with giving your boss a piece of your mind before leaving work and heading straight to the pub. After the pub it's on to the airport for a very long holiday somewhere incredibly warm.

Well, now imagine that you won the lottery, but had no idea that you had won it. Those hours at work living your boring, meaningless, pre-millionaire life are precious times that you could have spent drinking champagne from a crystal flute.

20-year-old lottery winners Stuart Meek and Gemma Jones from Gloucestershire celebrate with champagne in Cheltenham.
PA

The chances are that there is someone out there for whom this dark timeline is a reality. In fact, there's currently about £6 million ($8.1 million) in lottery prizes that are unclaimed.

The six prizes worth £1m ($1.3m) each are all from draws last year from the EuroMillions, Lotto, and Millionaire Raffle. You can find details about them and check if you've won here.

In the event that you discover you've won the prize, spare a thought - or a couple of thousand quid, maybe - for the people who reminded you to go and check, eh?

Last year the National Lottery created 358 new millionaires across their various games, giving out £796m ($1bn) in prizes to them.

Credit: The National Lottery / YouTube

While not everyone took home the top prizes, 782 winners took home over £50,000 ($67,000) - which is better than a slap in the mouth with a wet fish, let's face it.

Since it launched, the National Lottery has given out more than £65bn ($88bn) in prize money and 7 people have from the UK have scooped the massive EuroMillions jackpot.

The draw for Saturday's EuroMillions is a triple rollover and stands at £44m ($59bn), which is easily enough for you to spend the rest of your days in the Maldives eating fillet steak and drinking 25-year-old Scotch Whisky.

If you're looking for an omen, the most likely star sign to win the UK's top jackpot is Capricorn, and the most common profession is caterer - according to a video created by the National Lottery.

So, if you're in the catering industry and your birthday is in late December or January, you are basically a shoo-in for the prize (not really, silly).

The actual odds of scooping the jackpot are more like 1 in 45,057,474, which is not great, but at £2 per ticket, perhaps worth a punt every now and again.

You'd feel like a right dick though if you had won and not even checked your numbers though, wouldn't you?

Keep the faith, LADs.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: National Lottery, UK News, News, Lotto, Euromillions