Three winning Set for Life jackpot-winning tickets bought in County Durham remain unclaimed, with the National Lottery warning that ticketholders have just four days left to collect their winnings before the money disappears forever.
The numbers drawn on January 9 this year were 7, 16, 24, 29, 31, and a Life Ball of 3 - and the National Lottery are urging the winner to come forward. Otherwise the money will used to help Lottery-funded projects across the UK.
However, the three tickets bought in Durham aren't the only ones which the National Lottery are urging people to claim, with a number of other tickets also remaining unclaimed.
National Lottery players in the South Holland District (Lincolnshire) are being urged to check their tickets for a match, with a top prize worth £10,000 a month for 30 years yet to be claimed from the draw on June 5 2023. The 30 day deadline for the South Holland prize is 5pm tomorrow (July 5) should winners have lost their ticket, and players can contact Camelot by email email@example.com or call the National Lottery Line on 0333 234 5050.
The deadline to claim with the winning South Holland District Set For Life ticket is December 2, 2023.
Under its licence Camelot has the discretion to pay prizes in respect of lost, destroyed or stolen National Lottery tickets only if the player has submitted a claim in writing within 30 days of the relevant draw. If the player can provide sufficient evidence, Camelot will investigate and consider the validity of the claim.
Camelot will then determine at its discretion whether the claim is valid and is able to pay the prize 180 days after the draw.
The fifth and final Set For Life unclaimed prize is from a ticket bought in the Bridgend County Borough. Worth £10,000 a month for a year and with around three-and-a-half months still left to claim this prize (October 21 2023), players in the area are nonetheless still being urged to check their tickets.
Andy Carter, senior winners’ advisor at The National Lottery, said: "Five Set For Life prizes means five life-changing prizes are just begging to be claimed from tickets bought in locations across England and Wales. Whether you’re a regular Set For Life player in these areas or you were in these locations for work, holiday or to see family and bought a ticket for these draws it’s time to search for and check your tickets.
"With these three identical prizes in County Durham time really is running out, the winner or winners have now got just a matter of days to come forward. Whether these prizes are one lucky ticketholder who, for whatever reason, has played the same winning numbers three times, or two or three ticket-holders who happened to have played the same numbers in the same draw, it’s a total of three incredible prizes that are waiting to be claimed.
"As for the South Holland District £10,000-a-month-for-30-years top prize, Wednesday 5 July at 5pm is a key milestone. Although there are 180 days for any National Lottery winner to come forward WITH their winning ticket, during the first 30 days after the draw it’s still possible to make a claim in writing to Camelot if the ticket has been lost, destroyed or even eaten by the dog!
"We’re urging everyone who bought a ticket in any of these areas to check their old Set For Life tickets again – the easiest way to do this is via the National Lottery app – or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding. If you have any of the winning tickets call the National Lottery Line on 0333 234 5050 to claim."
The full details of all the Set For Life prizes yet to be claimed:
*The full list of current unclaimed prizes (all National Lottery games) can be found on the National Lottery website
‘Set For Life’ is an exciting draw-based annuity game from The National Lottery that offers a top prize of £10,000 a month for 30 years when the five main numbers and the Life Ball are matched. Players can win £10,000 a month for a whole year by matching the five main numbers.
Players can buy and check their tickets online by downloading the National Lottery app or at national-lottery.co.uk. Players can also buy and check tickets in retail.
Playing online via the app or website means that your ticket is checked, and you get an email notification if you win a prize. You can also scan your retail tickets on the National Lottery app to check if you're a winner. With all National Lottery draws, players have 180 days from the day of the draw to claim their prize if they have the winning ticket.
Anyone who has any queries or who believes they have the winning ticket for any of the National Lottery draws within the 180-day deadline should call the National Lottery Line on 0333 234 5050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone concerned about lost or unchecked tickets may like to consider either setting up a National Lottery Direct Debit or playing online at www.national-lottery.co.uk. Numbers can be entered in advance and lucky winners are notified online if their numbers come up. For further information call 0333 234 4433 or visit www.national-lottery.co.uk.
If no-one comes forward with the winning tickets before the prize claim deadlines, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK. Thanks to National Lottery players, £30m is generated each week for National Lottery-funded projects.
To date, more than £47bn has been raised for National Lottery Good Causes, with more than 670,000 individual grants awarded.