Champagne flows as shopper scoops €8m
IT was the perfect start to the new year for one shopper -- but the question is who?
Speculation is rife in Wicklow as to the identity of the country's newest millionaire.
The lucky ticket -- worth €8,188,679 -- was sold in Tesco in the Whitegates shopping centre, where staff were popping champagne corks yesterday to celebrate the big win.
Sylvia Byrne, who was the manager on duty when National Lottery staff called with the good news, told the Irish Independent that at first she thought there had been a mistake: "It's brilliant. I was in disbelief when we got the call.
"I kept asking them, are they serious? Are they sure? We had heard on the radio a little earlier that it was sold in the east, but we had no idea it was sold here."
The winner spent just €4 on a Quick Pick but nobody has any idea who the lucky punter is.
Ms Byrne said that since the store discovered it had sold the ticket, staff had been "buzzing around, wondering who it is".
She said that customers at the store, who are mainly local, had been purchasing several lottery tickets at once over the Christmas period due to the shorter opening hours.
The store also sold a winning ticket in the EuroMillions draw before Christmas worth €275,000. "Sometimes things like this bring more business, because people think we're a lucky place to buy their next ticket. It would be nice to bring more people in," said Ms Byrne.
Local county councillor John Snell said he hoped the money would bring "a bit of joy and cheer for somebody".
The winning numbers were 04, 25, 35, 38, 42 and 43. The bonus number drawn was 28.