The first of the rewards, a UK Millionaire Maker prize of £1 million, was won on Tuesday 25th October 2016 when a ticket holder from the London Borough of Southwark correctly matched one of the five winning codes drawn. The unsuspecting player, who matched the code JMDB 77565, has until the 23rd of this month to collect their prize or risk missing out on becoming a millionaire. Speaking in November, Andy Carter, the National Lottery’s Senior Winners’ Advisor, told reporters: “We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings – this amazing prize could really make a huge difference to somebody’s life.”
The second prize set to disappear in a matter of days is a £197,954 prize won by a EuroMillions player on Friday 28th October. The lucky lottery fan from Doncaster matched the numbers 10, 16, 19, 23 and 43, as well as one of the two Lucky Stars (2 & 8) to land the sizeable six-figure sum, but no contact has yet been made to National Lottery headquarters. Always eager to lend a hand, Andy Carter reminded players in the area to check their pockets, wallets and sofas: “Someone out there could literally be sitting on a fortune,” he said ahead of the April 26th deadline.
Every year, millions of pounds worth of EuroMillions prize money goes unclaimed. Even now, there is over £8 million sitting in the UK National Lottery vaults just waiting to be claimed, the most common of these rewards being UK Millionaire Maker prizes. A free to enter game, UK Millionaire Maker codes are printed at the bottom of each ticket, with one code printed for every line played. Should a player’s code match one of the five randomly selected in ever draw, a prize of £1 million will be theirs. For more information, head to the UK Millionaire Maker page.
It’s not just UK prizes that go unclaimed; an Irish winner of the €500,000 EuroMillions Plus jackpot from 17th March is yet to come forward. Irish lottery prizes expire 90 days after the winning draw, meaning the player, who bought their ticket in Co Carlow, has until Thursday June 15th to make contact with officials in Dublin.
There’s another chance to win big in tonight’s EuroMillions draw, when the jackpot will be an estimated £21 million (€25 million). Simply pick your numbers online or play via any authorised retailer. Good luck!