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Taipei, March 18 (CNA) Seven of the 12 winners of the NT$10 million (US$327.500) special prize of the November-December uniform invoice lottery had yet to claim their prizes as of Friday, according to the Ministry of Finance.
The deadline for claiming the prizes is May 5, the ministry said, urging the public to check their uniform invoices so as not to miss the windfall.
The seven unclaimed winning receipts include one issued by a 7-Eleven convenience store on Dexing East Road in Taipei's Shilin District for the purchase of food and beverages totaling NT$88; one issued by a Coco Fresh Tea and Juice store on Mingsheng East Road in Taipei's Datong District for the purchase of beverages valued at NT$65; one issued by a 7-Eleven convenience store on Zhenxing Street in Taipei's Beitou District for paying NT$120 for a home delivery service; and one issued by a Louisa Coffee shop on Wenhua Road in New Taipei's Banqiao District for the purchase of food and beverages totaling NT$70.
They also include one issued by a 7-Eleven convenience store on Wenhua First Road in Taoyuan's Guishan District for the purchase of beverages costing NT$20; one issued by a Hi-Life convenience store in Lenei Village in Yunlin County's Huwei Township for NT$103 for food and beverages; and one issued by a Tea and Magic Hand store on Zhongzheng South Road in Tainan's Yongkang District for the purchase of beverages valued at NT$55.
Apart from the NT$10 million special prize, five of the 11 winners of the NT$2 million grand prize also have not claimed their prizes.
The five winning receipts were issued respectively by Global Hall in New Taipei's Zhonghe District for a NT$60 parking fee, Taroko Mall in Taichung's East District for a NT$118 dining bill, a PX Mart store on Yanping Road in Pingtung County's Chaozhou Township for food and beverages totaling NT$390, a 50 Lan store on Tianxiang First Road in Kaohsiung's Sanmin District for beverages costing NT$270, and a Hi-Life convenience store on Shennong Road in Kaohsiung's Niaosong District for food and beverages valued at NT$146.
The uniform invoice lottery system, which draws the winning numbers every two months, was created to encourage consumers to collect their sales invoices, as part of the MOF's efforts to prevent tax evasion by retailers.
The winning numbers for the January-February uniform invoices are set to be drawn and announced on March 25.
(By Bernie Chiu and Y.F. Low)