What happens to the money not claimed by the winners?

When EuroMillions winnings go unclaimed, it is very often the state that benefits.

When EuroMillions winnings go unclaimed, it is very often the state that benefits.

Between 2020 and 2022, the lucky winners did not claim more than €200 million in winnings from the Française des jeux. What happens to all this money?

We all wonder how it is possible that you forget to claim your EuroMillions prize, and yet. the parisian in fact, it states that between 2020 and 2022, the winners of the games of chance of the Française des jeux did not claim almost 220 million euros. However, the FDJ always does its best to find these heads in the air by geolocating the place where the winning ticket was purchased. The winners, meanwhile, have 60 days to claim what is rightfully theirs, before the money slips out from under their noses.

Two weeks ago, in the high alps, a man escaped the worst by claiming his €4.5 million prize 59 days after validating his winning ticket. Otherwise, his jackpot would have been redistributed. When a jackpot like this, called “Win 1”, is not claimed by its winner within 60 days, the FDJ takes back the loot for redistribution later. “We redistribute it to customers, in the form of special jackpots or promotional offers, such as the bets offered on our websites,” specifies the FDJ in Parisian. Between 2020 and 2022, only 10 million euros of the 220 have been redistributed.

On the other hand, when it is not a “Profit 1”, the money goes directly to the coffers of the public treasury. The Pacte law, which came into force at the end of 2019, provides that all unclaimed profits return directly to the state coffers. A law that has allowed the state to recover around 200 million euros in 2 years, thanks to the heads in the air.

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