If you’re in Australia and play the lottery, you might want to review your old lottery tickets. According to recent reports from The Lott, there is over $12.36 million in unclaimed lottery prizes, including six prizes of $1 million or more.
23 Major Prizes Have Remained Unclaimed Since 2014
The Lott has been in gambling news lately because they are trying to do some spring cleaning on their books. Australians love the lottery, but not all prizes are claimed. It is not uncommon for lottery winnings to go unclaimed, especially for small prizes. However, The Lott recently revealed that there are 23 major lottery prizes that have remained unclaimed dating back to 2014.
A major prize in this instance is a win of $100,000 or more. The Lott has a system where you can register your lottery entry to a player’s card, but not all tickets are registered. As such, there are some prizes that remain unclaimed.
Presently, The Lott is looking to find winners of a combined $12,369,939.43. The largest prize that has remained unclaimed is a ticket purchased in Queensland. The ticket was purchased at NewsExtra DFO Claims on January 22, 2014. The prize for that ticket is a staggering $2 million.
Queensland has multiple seven-figure prizes that have remained unclaimed. A ticket purchased on December 31, 2016, at Lutwyche News & Gifts generated a $1.3 million winner, but it has remained unclaimed.
Unclaimed prizes in Queensland date back to January 2014 while New South Wales has prizes unclaimed dating back to August 2014.
The Lott – Check Your Tickets Now Before They Expire
One would think that a lottery ticket would never expire, but that’s simply not the case. You have a time limit to claim your lottery winnings, but that time limit varies greatly from state to state. If you live in Victoria or South Australia, you need to be quick on claiming your earnings. You only have six months from the date of your draw to claim your prize.
For New South Wales players, you have six years to claim your prize. In Queensland, you have seven years to claim your prize. Players that fail to claim their winnings will have those winnings turned over to the State Revenue Office.
The Lott urges you to check your old tickets.
Bronwyn Spencer, spokesperson for The Lott, is urging players to find and check their old tickets. According to Spencer, “We’ve had past winners come forward after finding an old ticket in the back of a drawer, in the central console of their car and at the bottom of their handbag.
Most recently a player claimed their prize months after the draw. Some realised their ticket had been sitting in a pile of papers on their kitchen table for weeks.”
If you find an old lottery ticket, you can check it easily to find out if you’re a winner. You can head to The Lott’s website, check it via their mobile app, or just head to any lottery retailer and have them check the ticket for you.
Register Your Tickets to Avoid Missing Out
If you want a simple way to track you lottery tickets, simply register your lottery tickets to a player’s card. When you register your ticket, you secure your prize. If you happen to win a massive prize, The Lott will contact you directly to inform you of your winnings.
Most recently, a Chatsworth Dad won $96 million in the lottery and The Lott phoned him at work to tell him the good news. When you register your ticket, you can expect a similar phone call if you are lucky enough to win a top prize.
In the meantime, we recommend that you take a couple of minutes to check your old lottery tickets to see if you’re a winner.