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More unclaimed tickets and other lottery fails

More tickets, more problems. People should just give up on paper slips and settle for playing the lottery online. In the most recent news surrounding unclaimed winning tickets, the National Lottery is calling out for two winners to collect £1m and £207,000 respectively. And time is running out.

The £1 million prize ticket was sold in Warwick. The winner now has until 29 June to collect the prize. Players are given a 180-day deadline to collect their win. It is not uncommon for the deadline to expire, with massive windfalls remaining unclaimed. The winning ticket has the following code: GRN686516. Have you got an old ticket around your house? Check it before it's too late!

The ticket of the other, big, unclaimed prize was sold in Milton Keynes. The winner matched five numbers and one star numbers in the draw of February 21, 2014. The results were: 13, 17, 28, 30, 32 and the drawn star numbers were 5 and 7. Again, make sure you check your old tickets.

As we point out again and again, it is not uncommon for prizes to altogether remain unclaimed. The internet is full of stories of lottery fails of epic proportions. Earlier this year, a Pennsylvania man made headlines when it was revealed he had thrown away lottery tickets worth over $1 million. The man had misread his tickets and angrily thrown them in the bin.

Robert Clemett is another player who have had some serious lotto misfortune. The Australian pensioner tried to sue a lottery operator when he realised he had missed out on $3.3 million in lottery winnings. He realised he had bought the winning ticket when he saw a TV show about unclaimed lottery winnings. Mr Clemett failed to receive his payments, even after providing the date and time he purchased the cursed ticket and the type of ticket and numbers of games he played.

In yet another case of serious lottery misfortune, Martyn and Kay Tott, a young couple from Watford, missed out on £3 million. Adding to their cruel fate, the two first thought they had won when they looked up the winning numbers. But they then failed to locate their ticket, making it impossible for them to claim the win.

It goes without saying and we'd hate to come off smug, but when you play the lottery online you do not have to worry about losing your tickets. If you win, you will get notified immediately.

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