Last chance for lucky Lotto winner to claim €1.6m jackpot

THERE’LL be a whole lotto luck if the holder of a €1.6 million ticket turns up to claim his prize before 5.30pm today.

Today, the 90th day after the ticket was bought, is the last chance someone out there has of becoming an instant millionaire, but the National Lottery has refused to give up hope.

“There’s never been a prize claimed this late. The longest wait before was around two months and that person got around 2m. We’re still hoping someone will ring in before 5.30pm,” said a spokesperson.

The September 17 jackpot of €3.2m was shared by two tickets. One man from Dublin, who wished to remain anonymous, instantly knew he had the ticket with the magic numbers 4, 6, 18, 31, 39, 42.

The holder of the second ticket has proved more elusive and the chance of Christmas shopping by Concorde is receding fast.

The 1.6m ticket - a 6 Quick Pick valid for eight draws - was bought in a Dublin newsagent.

The owner of Heffernan’s Newsagents on the Phibsboro Road said the locals had given up hope of finding the golden ticket.

“One lady came in with 10 tickets she’d found. None of them was the winner but she got 6 out of one. Another man spent three months looking for his ticket. He found it under the bed but it was just worth a few bob,” said Martina Heffernan. She believes the winning ticket was bought by a syndicate or someone passing by.

There have been 11 unclaimed jackpots in the National Lottery’s history. Last year, a ticket for a €3.2 million jackpot was sold in Coolock, Co Dublin but was never claimed. If the winning ticket holder does not come forward today, the €1.6m jackpot will return to the Players’ prize fund.

Lotto players are already looking forward to Saturday’s Christmas jackpot, which will be over €5m.

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