€94m winner slips away quietly into the crowd
DREAMS do come true. The winner of the €94m Euromillions jackpot has picked up his or her cheque and begun the tough task of deciding how to spend it.
But feverish speculation surrounding the identity of Ireland's newest multi-millionaire looks set to continue.
The lucky winner, who shared the €187m jackpot with another player in Belgium, managed to slip in and out of National Lottery headquarters unnoticed yesterday.
Mystery has surrounded the purchaser of the winning ticket since Tuesday of last week, with rumours flying around every town and village in the country as to who may have struck it lucky.
A steady stream of National Lottery employees, punters and workmen were walking in and out of the Lower Abbey Street location all day. But none would admit to being the winner, who instantly becomes Ireland's 96th richest person.
In a statement, the anonymous winner said they were "absolutely thrilled. Dreams do come true".
They added: "The news is still sinking in, so for the moment I'd like to keep the win private.
"I'm looking forward to thinking about all the opportunities that are now open to me. It's a really exciting time."
National Lottery spokeswoman Nuala Kane said that they "respect the wishes of the winner to keep their identity secret but will release the name of the winning ticket selling store at a later date".
The reason for not yet releasing the identity of the ticket seller was made "between the National Lottery and the winner, in order to further protect their anonymity".