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One Australian still has no idea they've won $1 million

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). (Warner Bros, Village Roadshow)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). (Warner Bros, Village Roadshow)

A mystery Lotto winner is still out there without any idea that they’ve won $1 million.

The person won Lotto division one drawn on Saturday December 22, but still has not come forward — and officials have no way of contact because the punter was not registered.

The winning ticket, now worth $1,018,499.24, was purchased at the Connection Newsagency in Hunter Connection in downtown Sydney.

“Our winner could be completely unaware they are now over $1 million richer,” NSW Lotteries spokesperson Lauren Cooney told

She urged all those that purchased a ticket to that draw #3905 to double-check.

“You may not think it’s possible that you could be the unregistered division one winner we are looking for, but if you purchased an entry in last month’s Saturday Lotto draw that you haven’t checked yet, you’re in with a chance.”

Yahoo Finance has contacted NSW Lotteries for further comment.

Connection Newsagency owner Mark Hou said that he hasn’t lost hope that the winner would be found.

“Now that people are home from holidays and back at work we’ve been asking everyone if they’ve got any old tickets they haven’t checked yet,” he told

The time limit for claiming lottery prizes differs according to which state the ticket was purchased. For NSW, claims must be made within six years after the draw date.

The news of the lost millionaire comes after a Sydney mother picked up Australia’s largest individual lottery prize of $107 million last week through her Powerball victory.

Both lucky Sydneysiders overcame tremendous odds, with the chances of winning Powerball at 134,490,400 to 1 and Saturday Lotto at a relatively easy 8,145,060 to 1.

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