Dear National Lottery Commission,
There was an unclaimed lottery ticket in the Hastings and Bexhill are during 2009 for the sum of £850,513. I realise that the deadline for claiming has expired. However, please can you provide date and place of purchase and details of how the money was spent.
Dear Mr Price
Thank you for your request for information received on 13 July 2010
regarding an unclaimed lottery ticket in 2009. This has been dealt with
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
You should note that as operator of the National Lottery, Camelot is
responsible for running National Lottery games and for paying prizes to
winners. As the Commission is not involved in the day to day operation of
the National Lottery, we do not hold information as to when and where
winning tickets were purchased.
Camelot alerts the public if an individual prize over £50,000 is unclaimed.
Camelot does this to try to remind players who still have their winning
ticket to come forward before the 180-day Prize Claim Period runs out.
However, for security reasons, this publicity only refers to the general
area in which the ticket was bought.
Any prize that is not claimed within the 180 day Prize Claim Period will be
paid into the good causes fund and cannot be recovered. Camelot does not
give out information which could potentially help identify the winner of a
prize which can no longer be claimed as this would not be helpful to
You ask how the money from the unclaimed prize was spent. Neither Camelot
nor the Commission is responsible for distributing the money in the good
causes fund. There are various distribution bodies, established by
parliament, which are responsible for awarding lottery grants. The
Department for Culture, Media and Sport oversees these funding bodies. As
such, the Commission does not hold this information
If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to Mark Harris, Chief Executive, National Lottery
Commission, Level 2,101 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 1QU. If you are not
content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the
Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot
make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided
by the National Lottery Commission. The ICO can be contacted at: The
Information Commissioners’ Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF.
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