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Better Late than Never

18 December 2002

DUBLIN, Ireland -- As reported by the Irish Times: ``A €1.6 million Lotto jackpot was claimed within 90 minutes of the deadline yesterday, when a Dublin man found the three-month-old winning ticket among a pile of old mail.

``The money would have become the second-largest unclaimed prize in the National Lottery's history, had the winners not presented themselves before the head office closed for business at 5.30 p.m.

``But the three members of the victorious syndicate turned up in Lower Abbey Street at about 4 p.m., just in time to collect €546,561 each.

``The group, two men and a woman, all from Dublin, have requested anonymity. But after handing over their winnings, the director of the National Lottery, Ray Bates, described their reactions as 'stunned'..."

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