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Friday 24 February 2017

€16.7m jackpot winner keeps locals guessing

Conor Kane

THE identity of the country's newest multi-millionaire remained shrouded in mystery last night while lottery officials waited to hear from Wednesday night's jackpot winner.

While speculation continued as to the identity of the €16.7m Lotto winner, the National Lottery confirmed that no one had yet come forward to claim the big prize -- the second biggest Irish jackpot since the game began.

The winner has 90 days from the day of the draw to claim their win.

The €6 quick pick was sold at Easons in Dungarvan on Wednesday afternoon and shop-owner Pat Whyte confirmed the following day that the winner had been in touch to say thanks for selling him the lucky ticket and to say that they wanted to remain anonymous.

Mr Whyte said yesterday that he knew nothing more about the winner's plans and could not reveal the identity of the new millionaire.

Rumours circulated that the winner was either a bachelor farmer or a married couple in the nearby village of Lemybrien.

For the second day running there was nobody home at the married couple's house and neighbours said that they had gone away for a few days on a trip that was already planned before the speculation started about the Lotto win.

In the local pub, Crotty's, drinkers cast doubt on a Lemybrien winner. "There was a good crowd here last night," said barman David Morrissey, "and everyone was adamant that it wasn't here because any of the names that were bandied about would have no problem telling us if they won."

An elderly man sitting at the bar said he would advise any such big winner to keep the news to themselves. "Whoever it is will have no quality of life if their identity gets out," he said. "It's too much money for one person anyway."

Rumours also circulated yesterday about the winner being a resident of the Abbeyside area of Dungarvan, but these were also dismissed by locals. "There's been 300 winners in Dungarvan so far if you were to listen to all the stories," said a woman in the Kyne Park estate.

Irish Independent

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