Lottery tickets can expire

Lotto and Eurojackpot: winners should adhere to this deadline

How long do tipsters have to collect their winnings? And what if they don't do that at all? The most important questions and answers about the winning period.

Play, win - and then not pick up the winnings? It may sound unimaginable for passionate Eurojackpot or lottery players, but it happens again and again that winners don't get in touch. One can only speculate about the reasons: Maybe you are on vacation, forgot the drawing or lost your ticket. But what exactly happens in such a case?

How much time do I have to redeem a prize?

Eurojackpot and lottery players can take their time: According to the legal regulation, winners have three years to claim the distribution. But that was not always the case: until 2016, winners had to meet a deadline of 13 weeks. But for the past two years, the statutory limitation period of three years has been in effect for the lottery and Eurojackpot.

What happens if a prize is not picked up?

If a prize is not picked up after the three-year period, the other players can be happy: The prizes go back into the pot and are played in the next drawing or in a special drawing.

Have you been looking for winners in Germany for a long time?

The last Eurojackpot winners have collected their winnings. The situation is different when it comes to winning the lottery in Baden-W├╝rttemberg: Since April 2017 - more than a year - more than 11.3 million have been waiting for a lottery player who has handed in his ticket in a branch in Reutlingen. The lucky guy still has time until 2020.

What can you do in order not to miss the profit?

If you don't want to worry about a missed win, you can play the Eurojackpot or the lottery online. Here the participants enter their bank details and do not have to do anything else for the profit to go to their account.