€6.4 million Lotto prize still
A PRIZE pot worth more
than €6.4 million has been sitting unclaimed at
Lotto HQ for the past 40 days with the ticket-holder
losing out on some €700 a WEEK in interest payments.
The whopping jackpot was won with a ticket bought in
Co Cavan for the July 5 midweek draw.
It has already missed out on about €4,000 in deposit
interest that could have been earned if the holder
had it on deposit at an interest rate of 1% since
their big win.
The lucky ticket was bought at Argue's Londis
Service Station in Cootehill, Co Cavan.
It was won the week of
the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Co Derry – so
could the ticket holder be a golf enthusiast
travelling north for the tournament who failed to
notice their own spectacular hole-in-one?
At the time of the win, shop owner Jim Argue
described the winning ticket as "unusual" in that it
was a €20 multi-draw ticket for four games instead
of one of the shop's usual run of €5 Quick-Picks.
The winning numbers for the prize, worth a total of
€6,409,326, were 7, 16, 18, 20, 24, 37 and the bonus
The winner has 90 days to claim the prize with just
50 remaining for the huge cheque to be drawn down.
A spokesperson for The National Lottery confirmed
that the whopping prize is as yet unclaimed.
Meanwhile, five other prizes are also still unspoken
for at Lotto HQ including two life-changing sums of
€500,000 and €250,000. These prizes were won in
counties Clare and Kerry respectively on June 13 and
June 17 last. A Telly Bingo Snowball of €60,005 won
in Dublin in June and two sums of over €23,000 won
in Co Kildare in June and July are also still
waiting for claimants. This brings the current total
of unclaimed prizes to almost €7.3 million.
If the prizes are not claimed within 90 days of the
draw date, they go back into the pot to promote the
National Lottery "which in turn will increase the
funds raised for good causes".