The search has begun for owner of an unclaimed lottery ticket worth $200,000 that was bought at Inverell Newsagency.
The Lucky Cat $5 Jackpot Lottery prize was drawn on Wednesday, October 4.
“We’re very happy the winning ticket has sold locally [but] no one’s come forward yet,” newsagent owner Anthony Michael said.
Although the ticket holder’s details were registered, a spokesperson for Australia’s official lottery service, the Lott, said the contact details were out of date.
Although the person’s name is known, she said that according to federal privacy laws, they could not release it or attempt to find the person themselves.
“So we haven’t been able to give them the ‘life changing’ call yet,” she said.
“The legitimate holder has to come forward.
“We recommend that people go back to the retailer, check their ticket and update their contact details.”
Mr Michael said news of the unclaimed win was spreading and many people had come in to check their tickets.
“We’re really looking forward to solving the mystery and making someone’s day happy,” he said.
Inverell Newsagency’s last major lottery winner was in December 2015 when they sold the first prize for a Saturday Lotto worth more than $600,000.
“It was claimed but the person remained anonymous,” Mr Michael said.
We’re really looking forward to solving the mystery and making someone’s day happy.Anthony Michael, newsagency owner
The Lotts spokesperson said that “more often than not the person does realise and it’s only a couple of weeks” till they do make contact.
“They could be away on holidays, they might have forgotten to check their ticket or they might be oblivious to the fact that their contact details are out of date,” she said.
While the major proportion of prize money is claimed, a small percentage does remain unclaimed.
The ticket belongs to NSW Lotteries’ Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot draw 1067.
The winner has six years, from the date of the draw, to claim their prize.