$1.6m Lotto win unclaimed
CHECK your New Year's Eve Lotto tickets – you could be $1.6 million richer.
One of the 19 winning tickets in the $31 million draw was sold at Ballina Fair Newsagency.
But it's unregistered, so the lucky owner can't be contacted with the good news, and no-one has come forward to claim the prize.
Co-owner of the newsagency, Annie Davey, said they had been ‘flat out' checking tickets.
“Unfortunately no-one has claimed the money,” she said.
“We sold so many Lotto gift packs for Christmas – the winning ticket could have been a present.”
It's not the first time Ms Davey and her husband Greg have sold a ‘golden' New Year's Eve Lotto ticket.
In 2007, they sold a winning ticket to a syndicate in the December 31 draw.
“This $1.6 million is our biggest win since we took over the newsagency,” Ms Davey said.
“We've had some pretty good prizes, so we're getting a bit of a reputation as the lucky agency.”
But the winner of the $1.6 million shouldn't waste time in coming forward – there is now a time limit on claiming prizes.
Any prize won before November 30, 2010, must be claimed on or before December 1, 2016.
Prizes won on or after December 1 last year must be claimed within six years.
There are still some other big wins just waiting to be collected around the region.
The first prize of $100,000 in the NSW Lottery's $2 lottery on December 23 was won by someone who bought their ticket in Byron Bay.
And the winner of Lennox Head's $2 million in the Lotto Superdraw in May last year is still a mystery.
The winning numbers for the Ballina $1.6 million ticket are 10, 11, 13, 19, 24 and 41 with supplementary numbers 3 and 17.