Monday 20 November 2017

Deadline runs out for €2.9m lotto win

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Independent.ie News Desk

A lotto punter has lost out on almost €3m after the deadline passed to come forward to collect the prize.

The clock was ticking on Friday as the could have-been millionaire had until 5:30pm to present their ticket and claim the winnings.

However, the 90-day limit on collecting National Lottery prizes passed, and now the €2.9m will go back into the lotto coffers, where it will be used for marketing and good causes.

The 'winning' ticket was bought in Mayo last November, which, according to the National Lottery, might explain why no one came forward.

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"We believe the ticket was purchased during a music festival that was taking place in the area," said a lottery spokesperson.

"Likely whoever it was, was either not from Ireland or isn't here any more; either explains why they haven't collected their winnings. There's been a big campaign to get the word out that the deadline was approaching so it makes sense."

The €3 quick pick was purchased in Tesco, Claremorris, and would have netted its owner €2.9 million.

The Mayo jackpot is the second largest uncollected amount since the start of the Lotto in 1988.

The largest amount that has gone unclaimed was from a ticket sold in Coolock (Dublin) in 2001 to the value of €3.4 million.

In Lotto history there have been 12 unclaimed Lotto jackpots since it began 33 years ago. This amounts to approx. €10.5 million unclaimed in jackpot prizes.

1.       4/3/89

€53,692

sold in Hanley’s,  Pearse Street (Cork)

2.       1/9/93

€131,923

sold in Hogans, Gort Road (Clare)

3.        6/10/93

€559,857

sold in Brian and Mairead Sheerin, Carrowreagh (Donegal)

4.        7/9/94

€284,777

sold in Daveys, Cornamucklagh (Louth)

5.        5/9/98

€634,869

sold in Newtown Stores, Tramore (Waterford)

6.        16/1/99

€938,829

sold in Sweets & Things, Quinnsworth Shopping Arcade (Sligo)

7.        29/01/00

€1,269,738

sold in Murphy’s, Lwr. Baggot Street (Dublin)

8.        21/6/00

€317,435

sold in Garvey’s, Main St. Castleisland (Kerry)

9.        30/6/01

€3,445,223

sold in Acorn Newsagents, Coolock (Dublin)

10.      20/10/01

€1,139,603

sold in Newsdesk, Clondalkin (Dublin)
 

11.      21/12/02

€1,000,000

sold in Centra Foodmarket, Ballinteer (Dublin)

12.      15/11/03

€1,350,000

sold in Wilton Service Station (Cork)

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