Friday August 14, 2020

Uncollected prizes of €20m force Lottery rule rethink

Requirements introduced due to coronavirus, forcing winners to confirm their identity in person, have meant an effective freeze on many payouts

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

14th June, 2020
The National Lottery regulator has ammended the lottery’s licence and game rules to allow winners claim their prizes without leaving their homes. Picture: Photocall

A backlog of more than €20 million in uncollected Lotto prizes, due to Covid-19, has forced a change in National Lottery rules requiring big-money winners to present themselves at its headquarters.

Rigorous security requirements normally mean that anyone who wins a prize of more than €15,000 has to travel to the lottery’s offices on Abbey Street in Dublin 1 in order to confirm their identity in person. The travel restrictions introduced as a result of...

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