The odds of winning the lottery are stacked against the player, and the chances for someone to scoop the jackpot are even lower. This doesn’t stop millions of players from purchasing tickets on a weekly basis and hope that one day Lady Luck with smiles down on them with benevolence. You might think that when this fortunate event finally happens, players will rush to the lottery headquarters to claim their prize. It took no less than three months for a lucky lottery players from Northern Wales to step forward and claim a £6.4M National Lottery jackpot.
Camelot appeals finally paid off
Whenever something like this happens and a large prize remains unclaimed, the lottery operator starts appealing for players to check out their tickets. It happens more often than you think for players to completely forget about their ticket and leave them stashed somewhere for months in a row. Except for those who play the same numbers over and over again, the odds of remembering the numbers chosen when hearing about the ones recently drawn are remote.
With Camelot running an unswerving campaign and the local media joining forces, the worst-case scenario never came to pass. If the winner wouldn’t have stepped forward until the expiration date which is set at six months for this particular lottery, he would’ve lost any chance of enjoying this money. His misfortune would have been a source of more money for the Good Causes financed by the National Lottery, because this is what happens to unclaimed jackpots.
Just in time to enjoy Christmas
Despite the fact that it took him three months to finally step into the light, the winner will surely enjoy this Christmas. With £6.4 million it is only safe to assume that no matter how generous he might be, he won’t run out of money when shopping for presents. It is no overstatement to say that this amount is a life-changing one and would have been quite a shame for the winner to be deprived of what is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is all well when it ends well, but these kinds of events should serve as a silent reminder for people not to put the lottery tickets somewhere safe and completely forget about them.
Now that he dodged the bullet, the winner will have plenty of time to decide what to do with his newfound wealth and he already made an important decision. He chose not to reveal his identity and enjoy anonymity, a decision that is widely regarded as an intelligent one because too much media attention can hurt. This is an inspirational story can serve as an incitement for other lottery players to jump on the bandwagon and purchase tickets for the rich Christmas lotteries.