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Lotto wins of more than £276,000 unclaimed in County Down

Two lottery winners in Northern Ireland are running out of time to claim their prizes.

It won't quite be burned but two Lotto winners in County Down are running out of time to claim over half a million pounds in prize funds.
It won't quite be burned but two Lotto winners in County Down are running out of time to claim over half a million pounds in prize funds.
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TWO LOTTERY WINNERS in County Down are unaware that they are over £276,000 richer as their golden tickets go unclaimed.

The BBC reports that two separate prizes of £90,660 and £186,162, which were won on 28 May and 27 July, have yet to be claimed. The UK’s National Lottery is urging people to check their old tickets to see if they are the lucky ones.

Both prizes need to be claimed within 180 days of the the draw or the amounts will be donated to ‘good causes’.

It is unusual for such large wins to go unnoticed and a spokeswoman for Ireland’s National Lottery said there are currently no big prizes awaiting collection in Dublin.

“There are some smaller amounts yet to be claimed,” Paula McEvoy told TheJournal.ie. “But all jackpot wins have been given out.”

Generally, about 2 per cent of sales across all of the National Lottery’s games are not claimed each year.

When this happens the money is used for extra promotions or to top up jackpot amounts.

Last month, a very lucky couple from Carlow won a bonus Jaguar XK convertible on top of their €4.5m jackpot win as unclaimed prizes were used to finance the car giveaway.

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