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Super Lotto déjà vu

Published:Tuesday | February 5, 2013 | 2:00 AM

Here we go again, another Super Lotto winner is taking forever to collect their prize.

Before the October 2 winner's deadline was up on December 31 last year, another winner took the top prize in the December 28 draw of the Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) game. That gamer, using a $150 ticket, won the split price amount of the Super Lotto Jackpot with the numbers: 01, 03, 05, 07, 16 and Super Ball 10. This Super Lotto player has won J$186.6 million. But it's been over a month now, and like their predecessor, that winner is yet to come forward.

Carlene Edwards, SVL's sponsorship and public relations manager, said the December winner bought the ticket in Linstead, St Catherine. She said the company was doing everything possible to find the winners.

"Currently, we do encourage persons to check their tickets, especially when we have a jackpot winner, through various print and electronic media," she said. "We would, however, like to remind our customers that tickets purchased can be checked at any of our over 1,000 agent locations islandwide."

Edwards noted that winning numbers can also be obtained via the live draws on CVM TV and Irie FM, Tuesdays and Fridays for Super Lotto at 9:30 p.m. and for other lottery games Mondays through Saturdays (10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.). She said results are also readily available in publications including The Gleaner and The Star. Persons can also always check the company's website at www.supremeventures.com.

Rumours about winning ticket

As the time ticked away for the previous winner to come forward, there were numerous rumours about what happened to the winning ticket and various persons called SVL headquarters trying to claim the prize. But Edwards reiterated that a ticket purchased for any of SVL's game draws is a "bearer's instrument".

"Hence we encourage persons to sign the back of the ticket, keep it safe and check for winning numbers immediately after a draw," she said. Persons must also present valid ID along with the winning ticket to cash in.