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Lottery winner appeal

A local lottery winner has until 4pm today to claim his 10 million yuan (US$1.4 million) prize.

The Shanghai Welfare Lottery Center said yesterday that the winning ticket was sold on Fengzhou Road in Jiading District in April.

Officials believe it was sold to a man.

On April 12, the number came up in the draw, but almost two months have since passed and the winner hasn't come forward, officials said.

"Usually a winner will come to claim the prize within 10 days of the draw," said Wang Yulin, an official with the center.

Under China's lottery management regulations, a prize must be claimed within 60 days of the winning number being drawn.

Officials said it is very unlikely that they would extend the deadline for the winner, unless there were special circumstances.

The 10 million yuan prize will be given to the social welfare fund if not claimed.

The buyer can contact the center officials at 3313-0629 or 139-167-439-87.

If the winner does not come forward, this would tie for the biggest unclaimed lottery prize in China.

Last year, a 10 million yuan prize was unclaimed in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province.

In Shanghai, to date, the biggest unclaimed lottery prize is 5.6 million yuan, in January 2009. That winning ticket was sold in Minhang District.


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