THE National Lottery team were in Cork today in the hope of tracking down the owner of an unclaimed €1million ticket purchased last December.
Their visit comes just over a week before the ticket, which was purchased at the Topaz Service Station on Lower Tivoli Road, becomes null and void.
Topaz Tivoli Store Manager, Niall Buckley said they are still incredibly hopeful the story will have a happy ending.
“It’s fantastic for Topaz Tivoli to have the honour of selling a winning lottery ticket, but it’s nothing without a winner. We are very hopeful that the ticket is found and someone can enjoy a late Christmas present. It would be great to welcome a newly-crowned millionaire customer back to the store”, he said.
The story has generated a wealth of interest from local Topaz customers.
“Customers visiting the store are still asking us if anyone has come forward. If the prize is claimed it will be our first big win,” Mr Buckley added.
“While there is a lot of passing trade we have many loyal local customers too. It's exciting to think that somebody's working day may have helped changed a person's life.”
The Millionaire top prize was ticket number 179740. The lucky ticket was purchased on December 21.
Speaking at the winning Topaz Services Station on Tivoli Road in Cork today, National Lottery Head of Marketing, Michael Hayes said, "With just a week to go until the prize claim deadline on Friday, March 31, we are reminding all players to check their tickets. The ticket was purchased in the run-up to the busy Christmas shopping period.
"Millionaire Raffle tickets are a popular gift at Christmas time so we would appeal to all of those who may have bought a ticket as a gift or who may have received a ticket from a loved one to check their tickets for a chance of claiming a life-changing prize of €1 million."
Throughout the 30 year history of the National Lottery, players have often left it late to claim prizes with some coming forward on the last day. In August 2016, a lucky Cork family syndicate claimed a massive €381,863 EuroMillions Prize just one hour before the prize claim deadline following an extensive media campaign.
The Topaz store wasn't the only store to sell a winning ticket in recent months. Champagne corks were popping last january after a Lotto Plus One ticket worth half a million euro was sold at Centra on Baker's Road in Gurranabraher. The ticket had been purchased as part of a local syndicate.
The National Lottery team is appealing for Topaz customers to check their old tickets one last time as time runs out to collect the €1million prize