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Mystery deepens as bumper €8m Lotto jackpot remains unpaid

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The top prize was won on March 5 but has yet to be paid out
The top prize was won on March 5 but has yet to be paid out

A €8.24m Lotto jackpot remains unpaid to the winning player - two months after the prize draw was held.

The top prize was won on March 5, with the winning ticket was bought in Matt Lyons XL Stop & Shop in Stephen Street in Sligo.

The mystery, sparked by an apparent standstill between the lucky ticketholder and the National Lottery, deepens as Lotto organisers released a statement this afternoon.

“The National Lottery never comments on the specifics of the claims procedure to protect both the privacy of the claimant and the security of the National Lottery’s claims process," read the statement.

"As is standard practice, any claimant has 90 days in which to claim their prize and we are continuing to engage with the ticketholder.

"In line with our normal policy, we will not be issuing further comment until the prize has been collected.”

Speculation has grown over the past number of weeks as to who the Lotto winner is and what issue could have arisen to cause the payout delay.

“There were a lot of hen parties in town that weekend and a lot of visitors around so the winner or winners could be from anywhere in Ireland or from abroad," shopekeeper Matt Lyons said at the time.

“There has been something of a mystery about the winner over the past month or so, but as a retailer we aren’t given any information unless the winner goes public."

The winner of the €8,244,502 prize picked up a €20 Normal Play ticket on Saturday, March 5 – the day of the draw.

The winning numbers were 2, 8, 16, 24, 33, 42 and the bonus number was 47.