Mys­te­ri­ous mil­lion­aire

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ONE lucky Mackay res­i­dent could be $1 mil­lion richer by Christ­mas – if only they would an­swer their mo­bile phone.

Golden Cas­ket of­fi­cials have still been try­ing to touch base with a Mackay res­i­dent who cleaned up in last week­end’s Gold Lotto (draw 3899), con­firmed Lau­ren Cooney, spokes­woman for the Lott.

It was an­nounced by Golden Cas­ket on Tues­day that the win­ner of the $1,004,705.27 had not an­swered their phone to hear the life-chang­ing news.

Come Thurs­day af­ter­noon, calls re­mained unan­swered and the would-be mil­lion­aire was still in the dark.

“We’ve still got a mys­tery mil­lion­aire walk­ing around in Mackay,” Miss Cooney ex­claimed.

“We’ve been un­able to get in touch with this player. They’ve pur­chased an on­line en­try in last Satur­day’s Gold Lotto draw.

“We’ve con­tin­ued to try and call them. We’re just re­ally hop­ing they get back to us soon, be­cause this money could be paid to them be­fore Christ­mas.”

Miss Cooney re­vealed there was seven prizes worth a to­tal of $7.388 mil­lion un­claimed in Queens­land (out of a to­tal of 10 in Aus­tralia), dat­ing as far back as Jan­uary 22, 2014.

The un­claimed prizes, the largest of which is $2 mil­lion, orig­i­nate from lotto tick­ets pur­chased in Cairns, Mo­ray­field, Ma­roochy­doore, Lutwyche, Ca­pal­aba, He­lensvale and, most re­cently, Wood­ford.

Play­ers may have bought their win­ning en­try up to 10 weeks ahead of the draw,” Miss Cooney said.

“We’re in the busi­ness of pay­ing prizes so we never lose hope of re­unit­ing win­ners with their prize.”

In Queens­land, play­ers have up to seven years to claim their prizes.

Af­ter this time, “the money is re­turned to play­ers in fu­ture pro­mo­tions and bonus draws”, Miss Cooney added.

She urged ev­ery­one who pur­chased an en­try into Gold Lotto draw 3899 to check their ticket.

The win­ning num­bers in Satur­day’s draw were 24, 25, 38, 27, 31 and 5, with sup­ple­men­tary num­bers of 20 and 18.

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