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Tuesday 19 February 2019

Graiguenamanagh mystery lotto winner misses out on a fortune

UNCLAIMED EUROMILLIONS PLUS TICKET WAS WORTH ¤1 MILLION

Alan Lawlor, National Lottery, Michael Doran, Doran's Supermarket and Kilkenny Rose Stephanie O'Dwyer with ¤1m lottery cheque which went unclaimed.
Alan Lawlor, National Lottery, Michael Doran, Doran's Supermarket and Kilkenny Rose Stephanie O'Dwyer with ¤1m lottery cheque which went unclaimed.

Elaine FURLONG

A MYSTERY lotto winner has lost out on a ¤1 million fortune after failing to come forward to claim their winnings.

The winning EuroMillions PLUS ticket was bought for ¤3 in the SuperValu store in Graiguenamanagh on the day before the May 1 draw.

In a bid to encourage people to check – and double check – their old lottery tickets, Kilkenny Rose Stephanie O'Dwyer and Michael Doran from Supervalu in Graiguenamanagh put the champagne on ice early on Wednesday morning in anticipation of the winner possibly coming forward.

Along with the normal Euromillions draw and another 'Plus' draw for ¤500,000, there was an extra prize that week of ¤1m in a special bank holiday promotion.

People were given one million reasons to check their old tickets by Lotto HQ in Graiguenamanagh, but time ran out for the would-be millionaire as they failed to come forward to claim their prize by the deadline of 5.30 p.m. last Thursday

'Unfortunately it hasn't been claimed - we have no idea who it may or may have not been - the Lottery do not give us a time when the ticket was sold, so we only have a day,' said the Manager of Doran's Supervalu, Frank Morrissey.

'There was a lot of speculation that it was a local person and it would have been fantastic if it had of been local because the last time that we had a big win locally was ¤650,000 back in the 1980's,' he said, adding that there was a lot of searching through pockets, purses and drawers over the last number of weeks in Graiguemanagh when it was realised that the winning ticket had not been claimed.

The money can no longer be claimed as the 90-day window to collect prizes has closed.

The ¤1m will now be returned to a fund of unclaimed prizes, which will be used for future promotional draws.

It is highly unusual for big lottery prizes to go unclaimed, with just twelve such instances since April 1988, the largest being a ¤3.4m jackpot in 2001.

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