Thursday 27 October 2016

€1m lotto winner has just three days to claim prize

Published 03/02/2016 | 06:33

The National Lottery confirmed it had been contacted by the winner and offered them preliminary advice. (Stock image)
The National Lottery confirmed it had been contacted by the winner and offered them preliminary advice. (Stock image)
A claim has been made for the 66 million euro Euromillions jackpot win
Paula McEvoy

A lucky Lotto winner is in a race against time to claim a whopping €1m prize - with only three days left before missing out.

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The Bus Stop kiosk in Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham, sold the Daily Millions ticket on November 9, 2015.

But so far nobody has made contact with the National Lottery to claim the prize fund.

Lotto representatives will be at the newsagents today and have urged regular customers to check all of their tickets, just in case they have forgotten about it.

The deadline for collection is the end-of-business on Friday - and the winning numbers were 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 20, with the bonus number 16.

National Lottery spokeswoman Paula McEvoy told the Herald that the champagne would remain on ice until the winner comes forward.

"We love to see winners collecting the big prizes, and we'd really like to pay someone the €1m come the end of the week," Ms McEvoy said.

"Hopefully, someone will come forward and it will be just a case of jogging people's memories."

Major Lotto wins going unclaimed are a rarity, according to Ms McEvoy, but there have been some close calls - with one group claiming their €1.5m jackpot 90 minutes before the deadline in 2005.

"It turned out to be three people who worked together and they were in the process of moving office and hadn't thought about it," said Ms McEvoy.

"On the last day they heard it on the radio and one of the people went home, checked and there was the ticket sitting on the table.

"They arrived at our offices at around 4pm - 90 minutes before the deadline. I don't know who was more surprised about the whole thing, them or us. It was a bit like Waking Ned."

The National Lottery is still unsure about when the winners of Friday's €66m Euromillions jackpot will arrive to collect their prize - having made contact on Monday.


"They were in touch with us on Monday and hopefully we'll have some news in due course," Ms McEvoy said.

National Lottery chief executive Dermot Griffin said that one person rang head offices.

"Naturally, when you become a multimillionaire it takes a bit of getting used to, but we're there to help them," he said.

"We will give them a bit of time and advice.

"When they come in we have a booklet that we give to all the big winners, we also have a video which Craig Doyle shot on our behalf giving them some tax advice."

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