Big Southland Lotto win still not cashed

$20.5m ticket unclaimed

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 05:00 27/11/2012

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Invercargill's Lotto Powerball multimillionaire has yet to come forward to claim the winnings.

The $20.5 million winning ticket was sold at Windsor Stationery and Lotto shop.

Owner Betty Sinclair said the winner had still not come into the store to verify the ticket.

Hopefuls, with tickets in their hand, had lined up outside the shop before it opened yesterday morning, she said.

More people had also phoned and visited the store to check their numbers throughout the day, she said.

"They were wishing and hoping to be lucky but nobody had the winning ticket," she said.

The lucky winner had been the topic of almost every conversation for most of the day.

"People are making guesses who they think the winner is but I think a lot of them are wrong," she said.

If the winner wanted to keep his or her identity secret, she would happily open the store after hours for them, she said.

New Zealand Lotteries Commission spokeswoman Karen Jones said there had been no contact with the winner.

"The winner was not knocking our door down yesterday morning," she said.

Lotteries communications Emilia Mazur said the money had not been officially claimed at the close of business yesterday evening.

"The mystery of the millionaire is still at large," she said.

collette.devlin@stl.co.nz

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