The search for a €500,000 Galway Euromillions winner continues this week, as the windfall still remains unclaimed.
The winning €3 Euromillions Plus ticket was purchased seven days ago at Happy Days newsagent in Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Rd on Friday 5 October.
However, a spokesperson for the National Lottery told the Galway Independent today that it was “not unusual at all” that the bounty has not been claimed yet.
“We’ve had winners come forward on the day the ticket was due to expire, 90 days,” said the spokesperson, citing work or school commitments as potential factors and noting that the winner may have not had the opportunity to travel to Dublin to claim their prize,” she said.
“Or perhaps they’re just thinking about what they’re going to do with it.”
Happy Days owner Stephen Daly said that the National Lottery has not divulged the time that the ticket was purchased at, preventing him potentially identifying the lucky individual through CCTV footage. Mr Daly noted that he could have sold up to 100 €3 Quick Pick tickets on the day in question.
This is the third big Lotto winner to have purchased their ticket at the Headford Road newsagent, with a €5 million Lotto jackpot winner sold there in May 2011 and a €250,000 Lotto plus sold last October.
“It’s been fantastic! Every time we do sell a winner, more people come in on the back of it, whether it’s to find out who it was or to get a bit of the luck that’s going,” said Mr Daly.
The National Lottery is advising the winner to immediately sign the back of their ticket and contact their prize claims team on 01-8364444.