A MILLION pounds of unclaimed lottery winnings in Gloucester will now be passed on to good causes after the ticket holder failed to claim their prize.
Camelot UK Lotteries Limited, operator of The National Lottery, announced that the £1,000,000 EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle prize from the EuroMillions draw on July 26, 2013 has remained unclaimed more than 180 days after the draw took place.
Therefore the money, plus the interest it earned, has now passed over to the National Lottery Good Causes.
The ticket-holder bought their EuroMillions ticket in the City of Gloucester and the deadline for the ticket-holder to claim their prize was at 11pm on Wednesday 22 January, 2014.
A National Lottery spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, I can confirm that the ticket-holder did not come forward within the deadline to claim their prize and has now sadly missed out on this substantial amount of money.
“To avoid this unfortunate situation happening again, I would urge all National Lottery players to check their tickets on a regular basis.
“We tried very hard to find the ticket-holder and it’s a real shame that they have missed out, but there is still one winner – the nation. This money, and all the interest earned over the 180 days, will now go to benefit projects all over the UK funded by The National Lottery.”
The unclaimed prize from the City of Gloucester will be added to the staggering £31 billion that has already been raised by National Lottery players since 1994 to help more than 420,000 projects across the arts, sports, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.