7 February 2023

All eyes on the prize: Are you the Riverina's missing $1 million Lotto winner?

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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The sole division-one winner of Lotto draw 4255 from 25 January is $1,005,972.40 richer after buying the lucky ticket at Temora’s Wylies Newsagency. Photo: FG Trade/Lotto.

A winning lottery ticket, worth $1,005,972.40 and bought from a Riverina newsagency, is still unclaimed.

The sole division-one winner of the national Lotto draw 4255 from 25 January purchased the lucky ticket at Temora’s Wylies Newsagency and has been the talk of the town since it was announced.

Wylies Newsagency owner Sue Wiley told The Temora Independent there had not been any hint of someone coming forward to claim the prize.

“It could’ve been someone passing through from Bourke or anywhere in NSW,” Ms Wiley said.

“We may never know who it is.”

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Ms Wiley said there were various reasons why someone might not come forward to claim the money.

“They might not want the world to know,” she said.

“A lot of people are interested to see if it’s a local, so we might wait a little longer and then contact the Lotto office to find out.

”It would be terrible to think someone could have thrown their winning ticket away.”

The Lottery Corporation senior public relations executive James Eddy told Region while the Lotto draw 4255 entry was registered, they had not been able to contact the winning player.

Mr Eddy said winners sometimes didn’t realise they had won and didn’t come to claim their money.

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“In New South Wales, the ACT winners have six years to claim their lottery prizes,” Mr Eddy said.

“We encourage all our customers to register their entries to a player’s card: Winners Circle, NSW Players Club, Tatts Card or Easiplay.

“This ensures their prize is secure and means we can contact them directly with the news of their dream-come-true win.”

Mr Eddy said The Lottery Corporation would make an announcement if and when someone claimed their prize.

If you believe you have won, call The Lott on 131 868, check via The Lott (app) or head to Wylies Newsagency to claim your windfall.

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