What number of annual (2015 - 2020) Millionaire Raffle code winners go on to claim their winnings.

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Chester J. Lampwick

Dear Gambling Commission,

Please can you provide the total number of annual Millionaire Raffle code winners for each year from 2015 to 2020 who actually went on to claim their winnings. Please give the total number for each year.

Alternatively, please can you provide the total number of annual Millionaire Raffle code winners from 2015 - 2020 who didn't claim their winnings. Please give the total number for each year.

Many thanks for your time and assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Chester J. Lampwick

Freedom of Information, Gambling Commission

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request for information which we are processing as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Freedom of Information, Gambling Commission

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request which has been processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

In your email you have requested ‘the total number of annual Millionaire Raffle code winners for each year from 2015 to 2020 who actually went on to claim their winnings. Alternatively, the total number of annual Millionaire Raffle code winners from 2015 - 2020 who didn't claim their winnings’

I can confirm that we do not hold any recorded information in relation to annual Millionaire Raffle code winners for each year from 2015 to 2020 who actually went on to claim their winnings.

We do hold details of unclaimed Millionaire Raffle code prizes amounts. This information is generated after the 180-day validation period via a report from the National Lottery audit platform.

However, in order to provide the information falling within the scope of your request we would be required to review over 1000 reports covering a 5-year period and Lotto/EuroMillions Millionaire raffle codes. There is no summary report available for unclaimed prizes, rather one report for each individual draw date.

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for public authorities, such as the Commission, is set at £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours in determining whether the department holds the information, locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

We estimate that it would take in excess of 18 hours to determine appropriate material and locate, retrieve and extract any relevant information in reference to your request as there is a high volume of records which may contain relevant information and would need to be checked individually.

When a public authority applies the Section 12 exemption to a request, the FOIA guidance specifically states that a public authority should avoid providing any information found as a result of a search as it denies the requestor the right to express a preference as to which parts of the request they may wish to receive within the appropriate time limit. Guidance on the application of section 12 can be viewed here:

https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

If you are able to narrow your request, we may be able to provide some data by working up to the time limit.

Until we are able to process the search and retrieval of the information you have requested, that can be provided within the statutory time limit, we are unable to ascertain if other exemptions will apply to the material retrieved, which would also prevent disclosure.

Please note, any refined request would be processed as a new request and the 20 working day statutory time limit would apply.

Kind regards

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Freedom of Information Team
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham B2 4BP

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Chester J. Lampwick

Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you very much for your reply. Would it be at all possible for me to obtain a copy of all 1000+ reports covering a 5-year period and Lotto/EuroMillions Millionaire raffle codes and do the assessment myself?
Thank you very much for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Chester J. Lampwick

Freedom of Information, Gambling Commission

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your new request which has been processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

In your email you have requested a copy of all 1000+ reports covering a 5-year period and Lotto/EuroMillions Millionaire raffle codes, containing details of unclaimed Millionaire Raffle code prize amounts.

This information is generated after the 180-day validation period via a report from the National Lottery audit platform.

To give an estimated time on resource to locate and retrieve all relevant reports to fulfil the request, we have carried out some preliminary work as follows:

For unclaimed EuroMillions £1m raffle prizes, it took approximately 10 mins to download reports for one week. The reports were required to be renamed, as each report has the same title. Based on the approximated time for one weeks’ worth of reports, it would take approximately 37 hours to collate five years’ worth of reports.

Additional time would be required to establish if there were any Lotto draws that had a £1M raffle prize, approximately an additional 2-3 hours.

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for public authorities, such as the Commission, is set at £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours in determining whether the department holds the information, locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

When a public authority applies the Section 12 exemption to a request, the FOIA guidance specifically states that a public authority should avoid providing any information found as a result of a search as it denies the requestor the right to express a preference as to which parts of the request they may wish to receive within the appropriate time limit. Guidance on the application of section 12 can be viewed here:

https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio...

If you are able to narrow your request, we may be able to provide some data by working up to the time limit.

Until we are able to process the search and retrieval of the information you have requested, that can be provided within the statutory time limit, we are unable to ascertain if other exemptions will apply to the material retrieved, which would also prevent disclosure.

Please note, any refined request would be processed as a new request and the 20 working day statutory time limit would apply.

Kind regards

Review of the decision

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your Freedom of Information request and wish us to conduct a review of our decision, you should write to FOI Team, Gambling Commission, 4th floor, Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B2 4BP or by reply to this email.

If you are not content with the outcome of our review, you may then apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have already exhausted the review procedure provided by the Gambling Commission. The ICO can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Freedom of Information Team
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham B2 4BP

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Chester J. Lampwick

Dear Gambling Commission/Freedom of Information,

Please can you provide the number of unclaimed Lotto Millionaire raffle prizes for the year of 2016, preferably listed by month and date.

Please can you also provide the number of unclaimed EuroMillions Millionaire raffle prizes for the year of 2016, preferably listed by month and date.

I hope this refined request is more suitable to your requirements? Many thanks for your time and assistance in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Chester J. Lampwick

Freedom of Information, Gambling Commission

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request for information which we are processing as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We aim to deal with all requests promptly and in any event, no later than 20 working days in line with the statutory requirement. In this case 26/05/2021

For information on how we process your personal information please see our freedom of information request specific privacy notice on the Gambling Commission website

If you have any queries about this email, please contact us.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham B2 4BP

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Freedom of Information, Gambling Commission

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Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request which has been processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

In your email you have requested:

1. Please can you provide the number of unclaimed Lotto Millionaire raffle prizes for the year of 2016, preferably listed by month and date.
2. Please can you also provide the number of unclaimed EuroMillions Millionaire raffle prizes for the year of 2016, preferably listed by month and date.

Please find attached spreadsheet containing the information held by the Gambling Commission falling within the scope of this request.

Kind regards

Review of the decision

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your Freedom of Information request and wish us to conduct a review of our decision, you should write to FOI Team, Gambling Commission, 4th floor, Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B2 4BP or by reply to this email.

If you are not content with the outcome of our review, you may then apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have already exhausted the review procedure provided by the Gambling Commission. The ICO can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Freedom of Information Team
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham B2 4BP

This email and any files transmitted with it are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please return it to the address it came from indicating that you are not the intended recipient and delete it from your system. Do not copy, distribute or take action based on this email. Freedom of Information requests can be submitted either by email ([email address]) or by writing to: FOI request Gambling Commission Victoria Square House Victoria Square Birmingham B2 4BP Please clearly state that your request is under the Freedom of Information Act.

Chester J. Lampwick

Dear Freedom of Information,

Thank you very much for your time, assistance, and professionalism.

Yours sincerely,

Chester J. Lampwick