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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 August, 2005, 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
Jackpot winner stays under cover
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Jackpot winner has still to claim her record prize
A record 77m lottery prize is ready for collection in Dublin - but there is still no sign of the Limerick woman who won the Euromillions jackpot.

Dolores McNamara's prize was so big the Irish lottery had not enough money on hand to honour her cheque.

Funds have now been transferred and the 77m will be ready for collection in Dublin on Wednesday.

However, the 46-year-old, who has six children, has not been seen since her numbers were drawn on Friday.

As the media waited in vain for Ms McNamara, she issued a statement saying she appreciated the support she had received from friends and neighbours.

She said the win had come as "a big shock" to her and her family and asked the media to give them "space and privacy to absorb the implications".

BBC Northern Ireland reporter Diarmaid Fleming said that to claim the prize, Ms McNamara will have to turn up at the Irish National Lottery offices in Dublin in person within 90 days.

Match

Each day that passes means that she loses about 5,000 in interest, almost 0.5m if she waits until the last day.

To win the Euromillions jackpot, players need to match five main numbers from 1 to 50 - and 2 Lucky Star numbers from 1 to 9.

Europe's previous biggest lottery draw prize was 72m (105m euros) won on the Italian Superenalotto in May.

The UK's top Euromillions jackpot winner is Marion Richardson, from Gateshead, who won 16.7m on 9 April, 2004, two months after the game was launched.

The largest UK National Lottery jackpot win in history was 42m shared by three ticket holders on 6 January, 1996.

The UK's biggest single winner revealed to date is Iris Jeffrey, from Belfast, who won 20.1m on 14 July, 2004.

The world's largest individual jackpot prize was taken by Andrew Whittaker, who won $314.9m (197.4m) in the US playing Powerball in 2002.



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