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€8.2 million Lotto jackpot still not claimed 11.05.16

A LOTTO fortune of €8.2 million has still not been claimed – losing out on potential earnings of almost €2,500 a WEEK in interest for the mystery winner.
The whopping prize was won on Saturday, March 5 last, after the lucky ticket was purchased in the XL Stop and Shop on Stephen Street, Sligo.
And while a ticket-holder has come forward, the money still remains unclaimed 66 days after the winning draw.
The huge prize-money could be earning the equivalent of about €340 a day – or some people’s weekly wage – at an annual interest rate of 1.5%.
The mystery winner has already lost out on potential interest earnings of over €22,000.
Meanwhile, the winner or winners have 90 days to claim the prize - leaving just 24 days left for the huge cheque to be drawn down.
The National Lottery declined to comment on the specifics of the case "to protect both the privacy of the claimant and the security of The National Lottery’s claims process".
It also declined to say whether the delay was due to a dispute within a syndicate or a family or whether any legal proceedings have been initiated.
Other speculation for the long delay, meanwhile, could be a damaged ticket.
"The National Lottery is continuing to engage with the ticket holder," said a spokesperson yesterday, adding that "any claimant has 90 days in which to claim their prize".
The National Lottery has specific guidelines to help players manage a syndicate and its winnings.
Tips include the drawing up of a prior syndicate agreement to help avoid disputes in the event of a win.
Meanwhile, all members of a syndicate must sign the back of a winning ticket. And as only one cheque is issued, the group must nominate the person whose name will go on it. Winners must also present photo ID when collecting prizes at Lotto HQ.
The biggest Lotto jackpot to date was won by a 16-member work syndicate in Carlow who shared almost €19 million almost eight years ago.
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