Ballina Fair Newsagency employee Talya Austen and co-owner Annie Davey pictured after their last big win in 2011, when a customer won $1.6 million on Lotto.
Ballina Fair Newsagency employee Talya Austen and co-owner Annie Davey pictured after their last big win in 2011, when a customer won $1.6 million on Lotto.

$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.



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