The hunt is on for Spain's missing €4.7m lottery winner

Posted Sep 17, 2013 by Anne Sewell
A Good Samaritan found the winning ticket and handed it in to authorities, rather than claiming the huge winnings. Now the search is on in the Galicia region of Spain for the actual lucky winner.
 Once  lottery ticket stall in Spain.
"Once" lottery ticket stall in Spain.
Keith Williamson
The lucky numbers were 10, 17, 24, 37, 40 and 43 and the prize a whopping €4.7 million ($6.27 million).
The search is on for the lucky lottery winner in the city of La Coruña in north-western Spain whose ticket was found by an honest man on a different lottery stand in the city.
The numbers were drawn on June 30, 2012, but prize has gone unclaimed ever since. Now everyone in the region of Galicia is wondering who the lucky winner actually is.
According to Spanish daily La Voz de Galicia, the honest man who handed in the winning ticket is one Manuel Reija González, who might just be rewarded for his honesty if the true winner is not found within the next two years.
Strangely, Rieja himself has been a lottery ticket seller for 30 years, and unless someone can provide key information on the winning ticket itself, he will be a lucky man indeed and will receive the full payout.
To discourage false claimants, Spain’s National Lottery has revealed very little on the multimillion euro ticket in a bid to make absolutely sure they have the right person.
All that is known about the unsuspecting millionaire is that he or she probably played regularly and did the rounds when buying lottery tickets, as the ticket was found at a different shop to that which originally sold it.
So far, only one man has "tried his luck" to claim the prize and, as the police in Galicia have come to expect, was not the actual winner. However, La Opinión A Coruña has published a rather amusing cartoon about the issue.