The National Lottery is still engaging with the holder of an €8.2 million-winning Lotto ticket that was purchased in Sligo in March, according to national reports.
However, lottery sources have confirmed to The Irish Times that the unclaimed jackpot will be paid.
Unsurprisingly, there has been widespread speculation regarding the winner of the jackpot, with reports suggesting it could be a stag party from Donegal, and others suggesting the ticket was purchased by a well-known family.
Matt Lyons, former Sligo mayor, who sold the winning ticket at his Stop & Shop on March 5th, also told The Irish Times at the time that there was a big crowd in town that weekend for the Sligo Rovers match at the Showgrounds.
In a recent statement to the Times, the National Lottery said, “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.”
Any claimant has 90 days in which to claim their prize. In the case of the March 5th ticket, that 90-day period ends on June 3rd.
“In line with our normal policy, we will not be issuing further comment until the prize has been collected,” the National Lottery said in its statement.