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EuroMillions Winners Set to Miss Out on Millions in 2018

The New Year may bring with it a fresh start for many, but for a group of unsuspecting EuroMillions winners the arrival of 2018 could spell disaster as some big money prizes are set to expire. There’s currently over £3.6 million languishing in the vaults at UK National Lottery headquarters and €2.5 million in the Irish Lottery’s bank account, just waiting to be claimed, so where are the mystery ticket holders?

Unclaimed UK EuroMillions Prizes

With Christmas now just days away, many lottery lovers may be focusing their attentions on the upcoming EuroMillions jackpot (and rightly so), but once the Yuletide festivities have past and January has dawned, the search for missing winners will intensify. That’s because there are two colossal sums of money due to expire within the first month of 2018.

The first prize on the New Year hit list is a £687,688 award owed to a player from Oldham, Greater Manchester who matched five main numbers and one Lucky Star. Despite being won way back in the EuroMillions draw on Friday 14th July, the successful ticket holder has failed to emerge, sparking concern amongst lottery officials.

In October, a spokesperson for the National Lottery revealed that a campaign to find the winner was being heavily targeted at an area of around 100,000 people in the hope that the news would spark interest and eventually alert the winner. However, with the prize due to expire on Wednesday 10th January, it seems these efforts will have to be stepped up even further.

Missing Millionaires

The second sum on the UK unclaimed prizes list is a £1 million prize. Won as part of July’s Mega Week event, the reward also includes a fabulous, five-star Florida adventure, a once in a lifetime trip that features premium car hire, a private seaplane excursion and £1,500 spending money. The winning playslip was purchased in Enfield in London and the victor has until Sunday 21st January to come forward.

January’s deadlines aren’t the only dates for EuroMillions calendar. Both March and May could see winning players caught off guard as two prizes of £1 million slowly begin to circle the drain. Lottery officials will be hoping that the winners, from North Somerset and Dundee, respond to their urgent calls in time and avoid missing out on monumental amounts of money.

Unclaimed Irish Prizes

There’s also a sense of urgency across the Irish Sea, as two prizes of €1,005,000 look set to vanish within the first two months of 2018. Both tickets won big thanks to special Ireland Only Raffle draws in the autumn. The first was purchased from Londis in Attyfinlay, Co. Leitrim, ahead of the draw on Friday 27th October and matched the code ICTM80877, while the second was bought from SuperValu in the Kilbarry Centre in Waterford shortly before the draw on Friday 24th November and matched the code ICWQ43032.   

Visit the unclaimed prizes page for more information.

While the hunt for missing EuroMillions tickets continues, another prize waiting to be claimed is the current jackpot of £110 million. This sizeable sum would make the ideal Christmas present and ensure you get 2018 off to the best possible start. What’s more, if you pick your numbers online, you will receive a free online scratchcard. Simply tap the banner at the top of the screen and enter the promotional code on display when confirming your purchase. Good luck!

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Published: Thu, 14 December 2017 - 9:41am
Last Updated: Fri, 20 November 2020 - 9:03am
Published By: Euro-Millions.com