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£3.9m winning lottery ticket bought on Northern Irish border goes unclaimed

A jackpot-winning lottery ticket worth €4.4m (£3.9m) bought on the Northern Irish border has been left unclaimed after almost a week.

The Irish Lottery has confirmed a winning ticket matching all six numbers was bought in Daly's Service Station in Lifford, just a few hundred metres over River Foyle from the Tyrone town of Strabane.

A spokesperson for the Lotto said the location "sees a lot of passing trade every day".

The ticket was for the lottery draw on January 13.

The BBC reports the ticket is the 90th jackpot-winning ticket sold in Donegal since the launch of the Irish lottery in 1988.

A spokesperson for the Irish Lottery has urged players to check their tickets.

With the possibility of the winner coming from north of the border, the it has also cleared up any confusion about who is eligible to win.

In a statement it said: "As long as the winner owns a winning ticket for the draw, it doesn’t matter where they live or claim residence. Many UK players cross the border every week to put money on Irish Lotto, as the 1 in 10.7 million chance of scooping the jackpot compares very favourably to UK Lotto’s 1 in 45 million top-prize odds."

The record jackpot for a win on the Irish Lottery came in 2008, when a syndicate of quarry workers from Co Carlow scooped a prize of €18.9m, which worked out at €1.2m each.

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