A Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot prize of nearly $5 million lay unclaimed for more than a week. However, that all changed during the last week of April, when a young mother in Dubbo claimed the $4.92 million prize.
A store in New South Wales knew it had sold the ticket. Despite pleas in the news for the ticket-holder to come forward, however, days passed with no winner.
Buying a lottery ticket always comes with a dream. The hope of winning a massive jackpot is the motivation behind the purchase. Even if a person says they don’t need the money or it won’t make a difference in his or her life, the dream of winning life-changing money is there.
However, some people psych themselves out of believing that they have a chance. A person buys the ticket and then sets it aside, forgetting about it in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. They may even lose the ticket and forget about it, never really believing that it could be a winner.
Missing Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot Winner
The NSW Lotteries knew that there was a winner. When the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot announced its numbers on that Thursday, it knew that one ticket had those numbers. They knew it had been purchased at the Talbragar Street Newsagency in the central-west part of New South Wales.
Finally, they took to the news media to put out the word. The store owner, Peter Snare, entertained the possibility that the winner was only driving through town when they bought a ticket, and they simply hadn’t returned to Dubbo yet. The winner could have also gone on vacation before the draw. “The excitement is creating a real buzz in the community,” he said.
NSW Lotteries spokeswoman Lauren Cooney hoped that the winner would check his or her ticket after a long weekend. “Maybe this player’s Easter break will be able to continue or the rest of their life when they realize they’ve won $4.92 million,” she said. “We love delivering life-changing news, and we can’t wait to break this news to our latest division one winner.”
Found Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot Winner
About one week later, the Lucky Lotteries Super Jackpot winner did come forward. She was a young mother, a local in the community, who had been joking with her family that she was the winner that the store, lottery organization, and news media had been seeking.
“Oh my god!” she cried. “I just can’t believe it! We just went for a ride, and I popped into the newsagency to grab the paper for my dad, and I thought I’d better check my ticket!”
Once the reality set in that she was the winner of nearly $5 million, she noted that she planned to help her kids and “set them up for life” in addition to donating a lot of the money. She admitted that it had been a tough few years for her family, but she also thought of others that could use the money. “I will be able to do so much good with this,” she said. “There’s so many people I can help!”
The Dubbo woman wanted to remain anonymous as long as possible.
Unclaimed Prizes a Rarity
According to the Lott, which operates the NSW Lotteries, it is rare for prizes to remain unclaimed for more than one or two weeks. And when tickets do go unclaimed for more than a few days, the Lott publicises the situation as much as possible to bring the winner into the claims process.
Customers are able to check their tickets at the point of purchase, at other stores that sell the tickets, through the Lott’s app, or via its online site. However, they must return to the point of purchase to make the official claim to the winnings.
The Lott finds that most people simply misplace the ticket temporarily or forget to check the numbers in a timely manner. There are occasional reports of winners taking the time to hire an attorney or accountant before coming forward. However, most know that there is no rush to take control of the money after the claim.
New South Wales players have up to six years to claim their lottery wins, and it is the same for the Australian Capital Territory. Queensland gives its players up to seven years, the Northern Territory only three years, and Victoria has no time limit whatsoever. South Australia does the same, as unclaimed prizes are put into a reserve after one year and can be claimed any time after. Tasmania puts its prizes into a fund after six months, but they are still available.
Players do have the option of signing up with the Lott for a player’s card. In the case of any winnings at all, the Lott can contact them immediately and begin the claims process.