Only 85 EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle Winners Have Come Forward – August 8th, 2012
On July 27th the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle made 100 people in the UK £1 million richer.
The draw, which runs in conjunction with the EuroMillions but usually only sees one person scoop the prize, was expanded to celebrate the start of the Olympic Games in London.
Indeed, it set a new world record for the number of millionaires created in one draw, eclipsing the mark of 25 from the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Raffle draw at Christmas 2010.
However, nearly two weeks later, only 85 winners have come forward and taken their prize, which means 15 seven-figure sums still remain unclaimed. Two work colleagues from Hengoed inWaleswere more than happy to step forward though after striking gold in the raffle.
Chris Edwards and Idris Tipper only met earlier this year, but decided to chance their arm because there were so many prizes on offer, the Caerphilly Observer reports.
“[I] said to Idris we should get a ticket. We both agreed to spend £5 each and get five lines and I bought the ticket at 6.53pm on Friday night – it was the best £5 I’ve ever spent,” Mr Edwards told the paper.
Mr Edwards admitted he had already set off on a family holiday before realising his good fortune. After finding out, he had trouble getting in touch with Mr Tipper because of a bad phone line.
When he sent him a text saying they’d won £1 million, Mr Tipper initially refused to believe him. But, eventually he did and Mr Edwards admitted to having a few celebratory drinks afterwards.
Regarding the 15 people who have yet to claim their £1 million prizes, a UK National Lottery spokesman urged everyone who entered the draw to check their ticket and see whether or not they are a winner.
This is not the only jackpot to go unclaimed. Amazingly, no one has yet to come forward and take a prize of over £63 million. The winning ticket was bought in the Stevenage & Hitchin area in the UK and the draw was made on June 8th, so anyone from this location should be double and triple checking their tickets.