THE PRIZE was a cool €4.1m on new year’s day, but the winner of a Lotto ticket bought in Limerick has yet to come forward to claim their win.
However, a spokesperson for the National Lottery said it was “not unusual” that a person would take some time in claiming their prize.
“The sum is still outstanding but some people wait a few weeks before they come forward and others have a fear of the win being made public. Last year a Cork winner took just under three months to come forward,” said the spokesperson.
She added that perhaps the winner was away on holidays over the Christmas and New Year period, and may not have checked their ticket.
The winner has 90 days to collect their prize, before it is added to the unclaimed prize fund, which is gradually returned back to Lotto players with more funds added to the overall pot.
The €4 Lotto quickpick was purchased in Chawke’s on the Dublin Road in Castletroy, and there has been much speculation in the store about who could be the winner.
It was the first time that a winning ticket has been purchased from Chawke’s Centra and Texaco filling station, which has been a Lotto agent for the past 22 years since the inception of the National Lottery.
Owner Tom Chawke, 70, said the win lead to an initial boost in sales of Lotto tickets.
One man who came into the shop and heard of the news feared that he may have thrown his Lotto ticket in the fire by mistake, Mr Chawke said. “If that happens it’s really hard luck. Another man was asked it he won it, and he said ‘Oh, gee’ and ran out and jumped into the car. Whether that’s significant or not I don’t know,” he added. The winning numbers for the €4,164,479 prize were 4, 11, 23, 30, 37, 44 and the bonus number was 32.