Clock ticking as €3m Lotto pot still unclaimed

There’s a whole Lotto searching going on in Mayo right now, as the deadline to claim a €3m fortune is getting close.

Clock ticking as €3m Lotto pot still unclaimed

A €3 quickpick bought in the Tesco in Silverbridge Shopping Centre, Mayo, was the only ticket to match the six numbers drawn by the National Lottery on Saturday, November 29, last — but the would-be windfall winner has yet to claim their prize.

The National Lottery has urged those who bought a ticket in Tesco Claremorris on the day of the draw to check their ticket, as the 90-day deadline to claim the €2,913,455 prize runs out by the close of business on Friday week, February 27.

“The unclaimed prize will be used to promote lottery activities and to good causes,” a spokeswoman for the National Lottery said yesterday.

The largest unclaimed Lottery prize to date is a €3.4m jackpot from June 30, 2001, when the purchaser of the winning ticket from The Acorn Newsagents in Coolock, Dublin, failed to come forward to claim their millions.

The National Lottery says that unclaimed prizes account for about 2% of its sales.

While its 2014 figures have yet to be released, in 2013 the Lotto recorded sales of €205.9 million — meaning that in that year about €4.1m in prizes went unclaimed.

Ireland’s participation rate in National Lottery games is among the highest in the world, with 62% of all adults playing on a regular basis.

By waiting this long, the ticket holder will have already missed out on more than €10,000 in interest that could have accrued on the jackpot, if it was saved in an account with a 1.5% interest rate.

The probability of winning the Irish lottery is 8,145,060 to one — but all of that will come to naught if the ticket-holder fails to reveal themselves by Friday week.

Meanwhile, the winner of the delayed Lotto draw held this month has also yet to come forward.

The lotto was delayed for the first time in its 28-year history due to a technical problem with its ticket machines. The delayed draw saw one winner, who bought their ticket in the Curragh Grange Centre in Newbridge, Co Kildare, scoop a €10.2m jackpot.

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