Check your numbers! Unclaimed lotto prizes total €20 million
Date: 16th April 2010 Time: 22:13:33 GMT + 1
A recent announcement by the Irish Lotto will have players everywhere making certain that they always check their numbers. In 2009,€20 million in prizes for the game went unclaimed. That figure represents 1.5 percent to 2 percent of all sales.
The winner in this situation may be the game's players themselves, as unclaimed prize money is added back into the prizefund and is used to swell jackpots on bank holiday draws.
Since the game's beginnings in 1988, a bewildering 12 jackpots have gone unclaimed.