From the launch of the National Lottery in 1994 to 9 May 2009, unclaimed prizes total £1,078 million.
The National Lottery operator, Camelot, does not keep records of the total value of unclaimed prizes based on constituency, district, county or postcode areas. However, Camelot does hold records of all unclaimed prizes with a value of over £50,000. To date there has been one such unclaimed prize in the Southend-on-Sea area.
Unclaimed prizes are paid to the good causes 180 days after the relevant draw, the end of the relevant Scratchcard game or the date on which the Interactive Instant Win Game was played.
During the 180 day period the unclaimed prizes are held in Player Trust Accounts. During this time Camelot is required to make every effort to publicise larger unclaimed prizes in the area where the ticket was purchased in order to encourage winners to come forward.