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Millionaires in our midst? Fife lottery prizes remain unclaimed

By Nash Riggins, 11 October 2013 11.00am.

Two lucky Fife residents may be unwittingly sitting on winning £1 million lottery tickets.

According to the National Lottery, there were two winning EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle tickets sold somewhere in Fife during the month of June. Both were sold within three days of one another and both have thus far gone unclaimed.

Although representatives from the National Lottery have spent the last several months searching for the lucky winners, they’ve yet to track them down.

“In Fife, the biggest way we can help alert people to these unclaimed prizes is by seeking the help of the local press, contacting local clubs, celebrities and town criers,” explained a representative of the Camelot Group, which manages the National Lottery.

From the day the numbers are drawn, winners are given 180 days to claim their prize — which means time is running out for Fife’s two unknown millionaires.

The first £1,000,000 ticket was bought on June 23, giving the winner until January 19 to claim his or her prize. The winning number was BZP849967.

Lightning struck twice in Fife on June 26, when another £1,000,000 ticket was purchased. That winner has until January 22 to claim their winnings. The exact number on that particular ticket is as yet unknown, as there are numerous other unclaimed winners across England from the same draw.

However, all numbers are available to view on the National Lottery’s website.

Fife’s two unclaimed fortunes aren’t alone.

At present, the National Lottery is in possession of almost £23.5m in unclaimed winnings. The organisation maintains the riches are always put to good use.

“Our first priority is obviously to find the lucky winners, as they’ve paid their hard-earned money and deserve to claim their prize,” a lottery spokesman said.

“But if they don’t come forward, all the money is put into our Good Causes fund.

“We don’t see a penny, and all of this money will go back into the community.”

Since 1994, the National Lottery has single-handedly funded over 400,000 public service projects across the country using its unclaimed £30bn in winnings, ranging from community sports centres to Scottish heritage projects.