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What Happens to Unclaimed EuroMillions Prizes?

Every EuroMillions ticket holder dreams of scooping a massive sum of money, whether it be the main jackpot or a supplementary prize on offer. However, what if a reward for correctly matching those all important numbers goes unclaimed, does the money sit cold and alone in a dimly lit bank vault just waiting for its owner to collect it?

Every year there are a number of EuroMillions prizes that go unclaimed. This may be due to tickets being either lost or destroyed, perhaps even forgotten about by an owner who has failed to realise their good fortune. The largest of these unclaimed EuroMillions prizes came in 2012 when a ticket purchased in Hertfordshire missed out on a mind-blowing prize of £63.8 million, a total that remains a record to this day.

However, it’s not all bad news for these ownerless lottery rewards. After a holding period of 180 days, any unclaimed prizes are donated to the country in which the winning ticket originated and many use them to improve the lives of their citizens. In the UK, the funds are donated to the National Lottery’s Good Causes Fund and used in the fields of sport, art, health and education, as well as many others. So, should a EuroMillions ticket holder be unaware that they have won a super-sized prize, at least they will be able to benefit from the positive aspects that their unclaimed fortune brings to society. If you think that you might be the winner of a previous EuroMillions prize, head to the Unclaimed Prizes page for all the latest information.       

Don’t forget that this Friday’s EuroMillions jackpot has reached an estimated £19 million, a fantastic sum of money that will brighten anyone’s Easter. Five lucky players in the UK will also have the chance to win a prize of £1 million and a trip of a lifetime to the U.S.A as part of the Mega Friday giveaway. Of course, players in Ireland can strike it lucky with a €500,000 jackpot in the EuroMillions Plus draw, while ticket holders in France will be vying to win a handsome My Million top prize of €1 million. Likewise, Swiss players will be hoping to cash in on a Super-star top prize of CHF250,000.

To be in with a chance of winning this spectacular top prize or one of the supplementary rewards on offer, simply purchase your EuroMillions tickets online or from any authorised retailer in participating countries. Stay lucky!

Published: Thu, 24 March 2016 - 10:37am
Last Updated: Fri, 27 May 2016 - 12:00pm
Published By: Euro-Millions.com