£7M LOTTO TOGEL TICKET BOUGHT IN NORTHERN IRELAND
Winners have 180 days to come forward to claim their prize
The winning ticket for a £7m lottery jackpot was bought in Northern Ireland, it has been revealed.
No-one has yet claimed the windfall for which the winning ticket was bought in Belfast a month ago.
The winner matched six main numbers in the Lotto Extra draw held on 7 August 2004 to win £7,039,469.
National Lottery operator Camelot said the deadline for the ticket-holder to collect their winnings was 3 February 2005.
The winning numbers are 3, 5, 8, 18, 28 and 48.
If no-one comes forward by then the prize money, plus the interest it has generated, will all go to Good Causes – adding to the £16 bn already raised through sales of lottery tickets over the last 10 years.
In June, a Belfast woman who has been undergoing treatment for cancer became the single biggest winner of the lottery since it began 10 years ago.
Iris Jeffrey, 58, bought the ticket on 14 July but only realised she had hit the jackpot in August after hearing an appeal by lottery organisers Camelot.
She scooped the biggest single National Lottery jackpot of £20.1m.
Former Belfast bus driver Peter Lavery won more than £10m in 1996.
$7.5 MILLION SUPER 7 JACKPOT CLAIMED BY ATLANTIC CANADIAN
MONCTON, NB, Sept. 20 /CNW/ – Shawn MacDonald of Halifax, N.S., says he spends about $5 each week playing lottery because “you never know what can happen.” His latest purchase has made him $7.5 million richer. He was the single top prize winning ticket holder for the Sept. 17 Lotto Super 7 draw.
“I don’t know how to describe it,” said the 33 year-old federal government employee. “It means I can live a life less stressful and a lot more comfortably.”
Mr. MacDonald, who is originally from Port Hawkesbury, N.S., discovered his win at about 11 p.m. on Friday when he checked Atlantic Lottery’s website. Certain he’d made a mistake, he and his partner Cheryl Beesley then checked his numbers at all the lottery websites across Atlantic Canada. It was a sleepless night for the couple who waited until 7 a.m. on Saturday to share the news with the rest of their family.
Mr. MacDonald says he has no plans to retire or change his lifestyle. “I have no plans to retire. I’ll enjoy life more now that I can start dreaming and making Togel things happen.” He does see a new vehicle and a house in his future. “I’ve lived in an apartment long enough,” he said, smiling.
The ticket was purchased at the Lotto Booth in Scotia Square Mall. They will receive a seller’s prize of $75,000.
Fun Facts & Tidbits
– $7.5 million is $4.12 for every Atlantic Canadian over the age of majority (based on StatsCan 2003).
– You could purchase more than 600,480 cooked lobsters, or 682,438 pounds of scallops or 7,575,757.5 pounds of mussels at today’s sale price of 99 cents per pound.
– $7.5 million loonies weigh approximately 105,000 pounds.
Here’s how some of our players have fun picking their lottery numbers. How do you play?
– A lady puts ping pong balls, each with one of the 49 numbers marked on it, into a cardboard box. Then she puts her cat in the box to play and the first six balls the cat flings out of the box determine the numbers she will play! She said that this has worked for her at least once… she didn’t win a top prize but she won a pretty good one.
– A man from Annapolis Valley, N.S. won a “substantial prize” by using the numbers in one of those little horoscope books they sell in store.
– A lady from Dieppe, N.B. went to a fortune teller who told her that she would win money so she decided to try her luck and bought a lottery ticket. She did end up winning some money!
About the game…
– Lotto Super 7 is a national lottery game offered every Friday throughout Canada. Like Lotto 6/49, it is a pari-mutuel game, which means that if more than one player correctly matches all of the numbers drawn, those players share the jackpot amount.
– On May 15, 2003, Lotto Super 7 had Canada’s largest lottery jackpot ever – $34 million.
– The Super 7 jackpot from April 23, 2004, worth $30 million, was the biggest jackpot ever won in Atlantic Canada. Trevor Hunter of Boisetown, N.B. won that Super 7 jackpot in April 2004.
– Other major Lotto Super 7 winners in Atlantic Canada include: – Hubert & Aline Melanson from Comeauville, N.S., who won $3,025,892.30 on the May 24, 2002 draw. – Andrew Evans from Brookfield, N.S., who won $9,722,642.10 on the July 20, 2001 draw.
– Costing $2 each, Lotto Super 7 tickets are available at more than 6,200 lottery retail locations throughout Atlantic Canada.
– The odds of winning the Super 7 top prize are approximately 1 in 20 million.
– Since its inception in 1976, more than $3.5 billion in prizes on traditional lottery products have been awarded to Atlantic Lottery’s players. In 2003-04, $331 million in prizes were awarded to our players. Atlantic Lottery awards an average of $904,000 every day
– In Canada, winners don’t pay tax on their winnings. They receive their payment in full when they claim their prize. In other words, today’s winner of $7.5 million will receive a $7.5 million cheque.
– While other games offered by Atlantic Lottery, such as KENO, Atlantic PAYDAY and TAG, feature smaller prizes with better chances of winning, Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Super 7 are obvious favourites with many lottery players for their large jackpot prizes. Increased sales and player excitement when the jackpot is high indicates to us that large jackpots are the most popular feature of these games. Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Super 7 sales can double or triple when a jackpot is this high.