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Issues around €8.2 million Sligo lotto payout are resolved

Although the ticket was purchased on the 5 March, issues have arisen surrounding the payment.
May 13th 2016, 5:29 PM 47,280 28

THE SOLICITOR REPRESENTING the holders of an €8.2 million winning lotto ticket says that payout issues have been resolved.

The ticket was purchased on 5 March, on Stephen Street in Sligo but earlier this week, there was confusion surrounding the fact that the ticket holder hadn’t received their winnings.

Speaking to RTÉ, solicitor Tony McLynn said that Premier Lotteries Ireland, the license operator for the National Lottery, has confirmed that “appropriate interest along with the principal will be paid in due course”.

He described it as a good outcome and said that everyone is happy.

Speaking about the speculation surrounding the delay, McLynn said that “the rumour mill was sent into overdrive”.

He said he felt his client was a bit frustrated that the National Lottery gave the impression that it had a concern or issue.

His client also asked him to publicly address the matter because of “the inaccurate stories circulating, particularly in the last few days”.

When asked for an update on the payout of the €8.2 million win, the Lotto said:

The National Lottery at all times works to ensure due process in our claims’ procedure, in accordance with our statutory and regulatory obligations. As has always been the case, the National Lottery never comments on the specifics of individual claims to protect the privacy of the claimant. In line with our normal policy, we will update once this prize money has been collected.

The operator of the lottery can withhold payments if the claims procedure is not believed to have been carried out correctly or if there are suspicions that the ticket has been tampered with.

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