Tuesday 6 December 2016

Lotto bosses quiet over legal dispute with €8.24m prize winner

Greg Harkin

Published 12/05/2016 | 02:30

Lottery chiefs issued a new statement yesterday confirming the money had not been collected but refused to say why (Stock photo)
Lottery chiefs issued a new statement yesterday confirming the money had not been collected but refused to say why (Stock photo)

Lotto bosses are remaining tight-lipped over a legal dispute with the 'winner' of a €8.24m jackpot fortune.

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The National Lottery has confirmed it has yet to pay out the winnings of the rollover jackpot won on March 5.

As the Irish Independent reported a month ago, the lottery confirmed that it was dealing with the 'ticket holder'.

But nine weeks after the 'win' the money still hasn't been handed over.

Lottery chiefs issued a new statement yesterday confirming the money had not been collected but refused to say why.

A spokesman said: The National Lottery never comments on the specifics of the claims procedure to protect both the privacy of the claimant and the security of the National Lottery's claims process.

"As is standard practice, any claimant has 90 days in which to claim their prize and we are continuing to engage with the ticketholder. In line with our normal policy, we will not be issuing further comment until the prize has been collected."

Mystified

The shopkeeper who sold the winning ticket says everyone in Sligo where it was sold remains 'mystified' by the apparent stand-off.

The top prize was won on March 5, with the winning ticket sold by Matt Lyons at his shop in Sligo town. The ticket holder came forward on Wednesday, March 30, to claim the multi-million euro fortune.

The winner of the €8,244,502 prize picked up a €20 Normal Play ticket on Saturday, March 5 - the day of the draw.

The winning numbers were 2, 8, 16, 24, 33, 42 and the bonus number was 47.

Matt said last night: "We are all mystified by what is going on but that's the way with the Lottery. They never divulge details of a winner unless the winner agrees.

"But this is a whole new ball game and a complete mystery. I understand nothing like this has ever happened before.

"I do hope that whatever the problem is that it is resolved and the winner gets the money."

He believes the winner may not be from the Sligo area.

Irish Independent

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