R60m in Lotto win­nings re­main to be claimed

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KHAYA KOKO

A COM­BINED Lotto amount of over R60 mil­lion awaits four lucky Gaut­eng res­i­dents who have yet to claim their cash af­ter win­ning jackpots this month and last month.

This was con­firmed by Bu­sisiwe Koloi, the head of depart­ment for cus­tomer re­la­tions at Ithuba, of­fi­cial op­er­a­tor of the South African Na­tional Lot­tery.

Koloi said the tick­ets would ex­pire at the end of July next year, as a win­ning ticket is valid for 365 days af­ter a draw.

“The ex­piry date is re­gard­less of whether you win R20 or R20 mil­lion,” she told The Star. “Ex­pired funds re­main in the Na­tional Lot­tery Dis­tri­bu­tion Trust fund and can be used for guar­an­teed jackpots with the ap­proval from the Na­tional Lot­ter­ies Com­mis­sion.”

The break­down of the four un­claimed win­nings is: R15m, ex­pir­ing on De­cem­ber 24 this year; R21m, ex­pir­ing on June 30 next year; R3.4m, ex­pir­ing on July 21 next year; and R1.5m, ex­pir­ing on July 25 next year.

Koloi said they tried not to pub­lish un­claimed win­nings un­til three months be­fore the due date of a ticket’s ex­piry.

“Ithuba uses all its com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels to pub­li­cise jackpots which are about to ex­pire – from our web­site, so­cial me­dia pages and SMS com­mu­ni­ca­tion to our player data­base,” she said.

Al­to­gether across the coun­try, “R78 040 000 has yet to be claimed from our Lotto and Power­ball games be­tween now and July 2018”.

This, Koloi added, in­cluded a R19 292 600 Power­Ball Plus lot­tery jack­pot ticket that will ex­pire this Satur­day should it not be claimed.

“The win­ning ticket was bought at The Pie Train shop in Isipingo, Durban, and was the only one in the coun­try to match all five num­bers in the Power­Ball Plus game on July 29 last year.

“The Power­Ball Plus jack­pot had been very elu­sive with nu­mer­ous rollovers which saw it grow­ing to a mas­sive R19.2m.”

Koloi added that there was also R16.5m un­claimed by a win­ner in the Western Cape.

This ticket, she said, would be for­feited on July 22, next year.

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