Sunday 25 March 2018

'Complete mystery' as National Lottery still hasn't paid out €8.24m winning ticket

(From left to right) Matt Lyons, Ann-Marie Porter and Marcus Lyons
(From left to right) Matt Lyons, Ann-Marie Porter and Marcus Lyons
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Greg Harkin

THE National Lottery still hasn’t paid out a massive €8.24M winning ticket five weeks after it was won.

The lucky lotto shopkeeper who sold the winning ticket has described the apparent standstill between the ticket holder and the lottery as ‘a complete mystery’.

The top prize was won on March 5, with the winning ticket sold by Matt Lyons at his shop in Sligo town.

But all a Lottery spokesman would say last night was: “We are continuing to engage with the ticket holder and won’t be making any further comment at this time.”

However it’s understood the jackpot prize – built up after a number of rollovers – still hasn’t been paid out.

A ticket holder came forward 13 days ago (Wednesday, March 30) to claim the multi-million euro fortune.

Sources however say there are “issues which need to be resolved”.

One source said: “There are good reasons why the money has not been paid out yet, but that’s not to say these cannot be resolved, but they haven't been sorted yet.”

The winning ticket was bought in Matt Lyons XL Stop & Shop in Stephen Street in Sligo.

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.

Said Matt: “It’s a bit of a strange one all right.

“There has been something of a mystery about the winner over the past month or so, but as a retailer we aren’t given any information unless the winner goes public.

“I understand that the lottery have said they are engaging with the ticket holder but that nothing has been paid out as yet.

“I hope that whatever the issue is that it is resolved.”

He said the winner may not have been from the Sligo area.

“We just don’t know,” said Matt.

“There were a lot of hen parties in town that weekend and a lot of visitors around so the winner or winners could be from anywhere in Ireland or from abroad.

“It certainly took a while for the ticket holder to come forward.”

Matt sold a €4 million winning ticket at his shop in Stephen Street in Sligo back in 2009.

His lucky lotto run continued again on Saturday on RTE.

Sligo woman Ciara Fallon appeared on TV’s Winning Streak after she bought her scratchcard in Lyons’ shop.

Having already pocketed €26,000 in the earlier rounds of the RTE show, she went on to win another €250,000 in the ‘Spin The Wheel’ section of the show.

Said Matt: “I was in the audience and it was a great day for Ciara.

“We are absolutely delighted for her.”

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