The owner of a lottery ticket worth a life-changing amount of £1,796,081, which had went unclaimed since November, has come forward to collect their winnings.
The search was on to find the owner of the winning ticket, who matched all six numbers in the Lotto draw on Saturday November 29.
The ticket was bought in the Newry and Mourne District.
The winning Lotto numbers on that date were 6, 11, 18, 19, 38, 42 and the bonus ball was 17.
And they claimed their winnings with plenty of time to spare as they had until May 28, 2015.
In a statement the National Lottery indicated that unless the winner of a major National Lottery prize opts to take full publicity and signs an agreement, no further information can be released about their win.
A National Lottery spokesperson said:“We’re delighted that the winner of this amazing prize has now come forward, especially just before Christmas, and we hope that they will enjoy their win. It would have been awful if the ticket-holder had missed out on this substantial and life-changing amount of money.
"We would like to remind all National Lottery players to check their tickets every time they play.”
If no-one had come forward with the winning ticket before the prize claim deadline, then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, would go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.
Last month Newtownabbey woman Mary Hamilton won £12.9m on the Euromillions draw and earlier this month Lauren McLarnon, also from Newtownabbey, won £100,000 on a scratch card.