In response to questions on whether it is possible for lottery players placing their entries online to win and not be notified, the UK National Lottery says it is nearly impossible. The only possibility is if all your contact details are wrong – which would mean phone numbers, email addresses AND postal address (they would try them all eventually!). Or theoretically, if the winner goes missing – as in missing and presumed deceased.
The National Lottery always notifies all winners, and wins of up to £500 are transferred into your online account automatically anyway, while prizes over £500 and up to £5,000 put credited on to the debit card that you use to play with.
For prizes in excess of £5,000, winners are contacted by email and through their account, so lottery operators Camelot can conduct additional security checks. If the winner fails to respond, email, letters and phone calls are used to contact them.
So it is almost impossible for a winner who plays online not to get notified. And for added comfort, there is always the National Lottery Commission looking over the shoulders of the operators to make sure everything is always above-board.
A similar situation applies for UK online syndicates too – but again, syndicate operators do go out of their way to make sure that members are notified.
Just always make sure your contact details are up to date, and then there will never be any extra delay between that big win, and the money hitting your bank account where it belongs.