The lucky one can also be hit by misfortune if they win a tenth in the Christmas Lottery Draw. It happens. Although it is rare, it happens every year. Avoid these problems by being cautious when purchasing tickets hoping to win the "Gordo". Take a picture or make a copy of the ticket. You will have all the information necessary to claim the loss of your tenth, including the number, series and fraction, at your disposal.
These references will be used to report the Lottery ticket loss to the Police Station. Agents will collect information about how the ticket could have vanished (place, date, time, approximate) and also records that can be used to identify the ticket. Anticipation is key because legal experts remind you that if a ticket has been lost, it will be awarded and the complaint filed after the draw. The chances of getting it back is very slim. The procedures are easier if it's done before December 22 (in the case for the Christmas Lottery).
Notifying the State Lotteries and Betting Legal Department about any loss is a good idea. It is important to notify the police immediately after reporting it. These steps will allow the victim to stop another person from taking it.
The official Lottery tickets are given "to the bearer" because -and this is another key. The official Lottery tickets are awarded "to the bearer" if the prize exceeds 2,500 euros. This means that anyone who presents the tenth ticket can pick it up at any Administration without the need to identify themselves or justify the origin of the ticket, even if they found it on the streets by mistake. It will be more difficult to collect a prize that is higher than 2,500 euros if the theoretical owner has filed a complaint and there was formerly a claim made before the Administration.
Once all documentation has been received, the draw is completed and the result verified, the court must be requested for the so-called "stop payment". This means that Lotteries will not pay the prize even if it was presented by someone else, unless they have previously justified its loss. The courts will consider all evidence and, if applicable, any testimony from the seller to determine the amount of that prize.