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Saturday 17 November 2018

€39m winner may not have checked their lucky ticket

Model Rosanna Davison promoting a Euromillions jackpot.
Ireland has had three jackpot winners in the past year
Model Rosanna Davison promoting a Euromillions jackpot. Ireland has had three jackpot winners in the past year

The Irish-based winner of Friday's €38.9m EuroMillions jackpot still hasn't contacted the National Lottery, which is delaying announcing where the ticket was bought until at least tomorrow.

Lotto bosses said the winner - or winners - may not have checked their tickets yet, but if they had they could not have cashed it in as the money has yet to arrive into the country.

Lottery staff are encouraging EuroMillions ticket holders to check their numbers, saying it is possible that the winner does not yet know about their life-changing luck because of the Christmas festivities.

"We have had no contact from the winner yet, but they're reminded that our offices are open on Tuesday, so they can make contact there," said a National Lottery spokeswoman.

"We've heard nothing at all on the winner, but that isn't that unusual.

"Sometimes people take a few days before they make contact. It's possible people have not checked their tickets yet, but it's so important to do so.

"It took our Mayo winner a few days to get in touch, and that's not unusual."

That winner, retired Mayo priest John Delaney, won €500,000 in the EuroMillions on December 22 after buying a Quick Pick ticket in Donnybrook Fair in Malahide.

The winner of the €5.4m Lottery jackpot on December 23 has come forward after they received an early Christmas present and took a few days to process their good fortune.

Highest

The National Lottery confirmed that the winning Quick Pick ticket was bought on December 22 from the WH Smith shop at arrivals in Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport.

Friday's EuroMillions win was the third in Ireland in 2017, which saw the highest amount scooped in one year since the draw began here in 2004.

A Dublin syndicate won €88.5m last January and a west of Ireland syndicate walked away with €29m last July.

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