$10,000 ticket still not claimed

Bay of Plenty Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

Bay of Plenty’s $25,000 win­ning Lotto ticket has now been claimed but time is run­ning out for the owner of an out­stand­ing $10,000 win­ner.

Up un­til 1pm Wed­nes­day, the ticket, sold at Pa­per Plus Waihi & Toy­world ear­lier this month, was one of two out­stand­ing first di­vi­sion and pro­mo­tional win­ning tick­ets in the re­gion. Now, just a $10,000 win­ning ticket sold in Ro­torua re­mains.

Pa­per Plus Waihi owner Vir­ginia Laing said she was not sur­prised it had taken some time be­fore the ticket was claimed.

“If they are lo­cal, the news gets around pretty quickly. If I bought a ticket here and won, I don’t think I would claim it here.”

Mean­while, time is run­ning out for the owner of Ro­torua’s un­claimed ticket, which was sold at Sel­wyn Heights Four Square as part of Lotto’s 2017 Christ­mas pro­mo­tion. The ticket will ex­pire in De­cem­ber.

Sel­wyn Heights Four Square owner Amish Pa­tel was not sur­prised.

“A few [cus­tomers] check their tick­ets after two to three months. Some­times, they’re in a big file, and it takes me 10 to 15 min­utes to check them all.”

Oth­ers though, whether they win small or big, are ec­static.

“Some peo­ple think that win­ning never hap­pens, and then it hap­pens like that, and even if it’s $50 or $100, they are jump­ing up and down, they are so happy,” Pa­tel said.

All Lotto tick­ets are valid for 12 months from the date of the draw for which they were pur­chased. Any prizes left un­claimed after this date are re­turned to the prize pool for use in fu­ture pools and pro­mo­tions.

Raj Ku­mar at Spring­field Su­perette & Lotto in Ro­torua said most of his cus­tomers were dili­gent at check­ing their tick­ets. So much so, they of­ten checked them three times.

Lotto spokes­woman Kirsten Robin­son said while the ma­jor­ity of win­ners were quick to claim their win­nings, it was pos­si­ble the win­ning ticket holder had no idea they had won.

“Lotto NZ en­cour­ages any­one who has bought a ticket from either of these stores to do a bit of spring clean — clear those wal­lets, clean out your kitchen draw­ers and rummage through the glove­box,” she said. “You never know, that lit­tle yel­low piece of pa­per tucked away some­where spe­cial, could be worth thou­sands.”

Raj Ku­mar at Spring­field Su­perette & Lotto said most of his cus­tomers were dili­gent at check­ing their tick­ets. So much so, they of­ten checked them three times.

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