NQ court tosses out $2m Lotto win claim

A Queensland judge yesterday tossed out a lawsuit brought by a woman claiming to have won a $2 million Lotto draw seven years ago, but had lost or had yet to locate her golden ticket.

Cairns Supreme Court Justice James Henry dismissed an action brought by Kathy Rado against Australia’s Golden Casket – which runs regular national lottery draws including Oz Lotto, PowerBall and Gold Lotto – on the grounds there was no proper basis for the claim.

Rado had claimed to the court that she had won the money in a Gold Lotto draw on 22 January 2014 and most likely lost the ticket in her Far North Queensland home.

Rado took Golden Casket to the Supreme Court in a bid to force them to disclose exactly when and where the winning ticket was purchased.

She claimed she had credit card statements and witness accounts to back up her claims over the windfall.

However, Justice Henry ruled against Rado, saying there was “no proper basis” for her claim.

Golden Casket has reportedly flagged its intention to pursue Rado for the $14,000 it had spent on its legal costs to challenge the claim.

Under Queensland Lotteries Act, a person has seven years in which to claim a Lotto prize. Should Rado’s ticket ever be located, the time to claim the winnings has now expired.

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