Saturday 15 December 2018

'Check your ticket, sign it and keep it safe' - winner of €9.4m has yet to come forward

Shop manager Ulrika Campbel at the Lotto machine which printed the winning Lotto ticket for Saturday night's jackpot Picture: Caroline Quinn
Shop manager Ulrika Campbel at the Lotto machine which printed the winning Lotto ticket for Saturday night's jackpot Picture: Caroline Quinn
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The hunt continues for the winner of Saturday's €9.4m jackpot as Ireland's newest millionaire has still not made contact with Lotto HQ.

The winning ticket was sold in a Spar shop Talbot Street and Amiens Street on the day of the draw.

“We are still waiting to hear from Saturday’s €9.4 million Lotto winner. We are urging everybody to check their tickets to see if they are the lucky ones," a Lotto spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile a handful of other lucky winners have been turning up at Lotto HQ in Abbey Street to collect winnings from other games.

The winners include another punter who scooped €219,204 from Saturday’s Lotto Draw after buying a ticket in the SuperValu store on New Road in Kinsale, Co. Cork.

Lotto chief executive Dermot Griffin noted that Saturday's jackpot winner could be from anywhere around the country.

General view of the Spar shop on the corner of Talbot street and Amiens Street, Dublin, where the winning Lotto ticket for Saturday night's jackpot Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of the Spar shop on the corner of Talbot street and Amiens Street, Dublin, where the winning Lotto ticket for Saturday night's jackpot Picture: Caroline Quinn

"While the winning ticket was sold in Dublin, there is a real possibility that the winner may not be a Dubliner as it was a very busy day in the capital on Saturday, particularly with Kerry and Mayo fans up for the big match in Croke Park. So we are urging everybody to check their tickets to see if they won," he said.

“If somebody does have the winning ticket our advice is that they sign the back, put it in safe keeping and contact the National Lottery claims team so we can guide them through this very exciting process. Winning a jackpot of this size can be a very daunting experience."

Spar store manager Ulrika Campbell (53) echoed this view.

"We get a lot of people buying tickets here because we've had winners here before.

"People think we're a lucky shop, so they come in when they're passing by or getting on or off a train across the road at Connolly Station.

"So the winner could be from anywhere. It was very busy on Saturday.

"Don't forget that the Mayo and Kerry replay was on that day and we had a lot of supporters in on their way to and from the game at Croke Park."

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