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Looking For Our Missing Christmas Millionaire

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Looking For Our Missing Christmas Millionaire

22 December 2008 - Only seven days remain for a player who bought a Lotto Triple Dip ticket at Tairua Stationers in Tairua, Coromandel to claim their million dollar first prize.

"We have the cash ready and waiting for this big winner, so we encourage all people who bought a ticket at this store nearly a year ago to find and check those old tickets, says NZ Lotteries' Chief Executive Todd McLeay.

If unclaimed, it would be the largest Lotto prize to go begging since a $3 million prize sold in Masterton in early 2003.

There are two winning Lotto Holiday 100 Promotion vouchers, worth $1.5 million combined, still unclaimed almost a year after they were bought, says NZ Lotteries' Chief Executive Todd McLeay.

"The winning $1 million voucher issued at Tairua Stationers in Tairua and a winning $500,000 voucher issued at Port Chalmers Hammer Hardware in Dunedin were bought as part of the Lotto Holiday 100 Christmas promotion drawn on Saturday 29 December 2007," says Mr McLeay.

Anyone who bought a Lotto Triple Dip ticket in Tairua or Dunedin during the promotional period from Sunday 16 December 2007 to Saturday 29 December 2007 should check their old tickets as they could be sitting on a fortune.

The voucher numbers are 936491 for the $1 million prize bought in Tairua and 197694 for the $500,000 cash towards a bach prize bought in Dunedin.

"We're keen to find these mystery voucher-holders and unite them with their winnings - these amazing prizes could really make a difference to somebody's life," says Mr McLeay.

Ticket holders have 12 months from the date of the draw their ticket was entered into to claim their ticket, so the prizes must be claimed by Monday 29 December 2008.

Up to three percent of NZ Lotteries' prizes are unclaimed in an average year. The unclaimed prizes are transferred to the prize reserve fund where they are used to fund jackpots and promotional prizes.

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