THE seller of the latest lucky €2m Lotto ticket quipped the winner could now buy the entire village of Swanlinbar – and still have change left over.
Word swiftly crept out on to the street and along the pews at Mass that a newly minted millionaire could be seated among them in the Co Cavan church. But if so their lips were firmly sealed.
A steady stream of customers visited O'Reilly's family-run shop on the main street of Swanlinbar village, as it emerged it had sold the 'golden' National Lottery Jackpot ticket, now worth precisely €2,000,000 after Saturday night's draw.
"I don't think they were saying many prayers at Mass as it was the buzz about town," confessed a delighted Francis, who owns the 'Spa Services Limited' shop and petrol pumps with his brother Michael, named after the historic spas that once graced the village.
"The person hasn't owned up yet. Word will probably leak out anyway – it is a very small place, only a small village," he said, adding it was good news for the area as some premises had shut down in recent months.
"It doesn't take much to get the whole village excited as not much happens," he said.
The €10 ticket, marked to play Lotto Plus, was bought on Friday. But Swanlinbar is only 20km from the busy Northern Ireland town of Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
"We'd get a big Northern trade, as petrol is much cheaper here. So there is a high possibility it is a Northern Ireland ticket," Francis said.