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How to Avoid Missing Out on EuroMillions Prizes

It is the dream of every EuroMillions player to win a huge prize, but every year sees millions of pounds go unclaimed by ticket holders who fail to check their playslips properly. In fact, last year alone saw more than £10 million escape the clutches of forgetful lottery fans. So how can you avoid missing out on your winnings?

At present, there are over £8 million worth of prizes sitting at National Lottery headquarters, longing to be claimed by their rightful owners. These include seven UK Millionaire Maker prizes of £1 million and a Mega Week prize of £1 million and a 100-day adventure around the world. With a sum of that size in your bank account, imagine how much your life would change. To view the latest unclaimed prizes, head to the EuroMillions Unclaimed Prizes page.

For those who regularly forget to check their tickets, getting into a routine can be an excellent way to avoid letting any prizes slip through your fingers. Leaving reminders around the house or setting an alarm on your phone or tablet is a great way to dodge those occasional memory lapses that we’re all guilty of from time to time. Alternatively, you could keep the ticket in a prominent place, perhaps a notice board or next to your keys; somewhere that won’t escape your everyday gaze.

What about when it comes to actually checking your ticket after the draw? By carefully matching the numbers on your ticket to those on the EuroMillions Results page, you’ll be able to spot straight away whether your ticket is a winner or not. If you don’t trust your own judgement, simply take the ticket to be scanned at any authorised retailer or use the EuroMillions Lottery App, which is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Even if you’ve missed out on the EuroMillions jackpot, there’s always a host of additional prizes on offer for matching between two main numbers and five main numbers and one Lucky Star. There are also plenty of supplementary rewards available thanks to the UK Millionaire Maker. Simply match the four-letter, five-digit code to the one drawn immediately after the main EuroMillions draw to win a prize of £1 million. And don’t forget that at the end of every month there are additional prizes to be won in the Mega Week draw.            

Of course, there are always going to be some prizes that go unclaimed. Should this occur, the money will be passed on to the National Lottery’s Good Causes Fund. This consortium is made up of 12 independent distributors who determine how the cash will be used, with health, education, heritage and sports among the benefactors. Of course, it isn’t just unclaimed lottery prizes that contribute to the Good Causes Fund, with 28p out of every £1 raised through ticket sales also entering the pot. So, at least if you do miss out on a sizeable sum, you can remain safe in the knowledge that the money is making a difference to people’s lives across the nation.

Ahead of tonight’s draw, the EuroMillions jackpot stands at £69 million. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning this life-changing sum, you can pick your numbers online or play via any authorised retailer. Good luck, and don’t forget to keep those tickets safe!

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Published: Tue, 14 March 2017 - 9:36am
Last Updated: Wed, 12 April 2023 - 3:25pm
Published By: Euro-Millions.com