THE second biggest lottery winner in the history of the State is playing their cards close to their chest somewhere in the greater Dublin area.
The mysterious winner of close to €94m in Tuesday's EuroMillions draw rang the National Lottery headquarters in Dublin late yesterday afternoon to confirm that they had the winning ticket worth €93.9m – half of the €188m jackpot that is shared by another winner in Belgium.
But they have yet to reveal their identity or where they bought the ticket with the life-changing numbers 4, 5, 13, 27, 35 and lucky stars 1 and 2.
Lottery officials are also not disclosing if the ticket was bought by an individual or a syndicate, except to say it was bought somewhere in the greater Dublin region encompassing both Dublin city centre, its suburbs and Co Dublin.
They are now expected to collect their winnings at Lotto headquarters in Dublin city centre in the coming days – once they have come to terms with their good fortune.
Speculation as to the identity of the winner – who has now been propelled to the 96th spot on Ireland's Rich List – sent the bookies and social media into near meltdown yesterday.
One local supermarket became the centre of attention amid incorrect rumours it had sold the lucky ticket.
Staff at Reilly's SuperValu in Sallins, Co Kildare, began the party prematurely yesterday morning when they mistakenly thought they had sold the winning ticket following growing speculation on social media sites that the winner was a local.
"We would have loved for it to be one of our customers," manager Laura Maher said. "We're so embedded in the community here." she said.
"We've had two (minor) winners on the EuroMillions in the past year, so you can't blame us for thinking it could be us again," she added.
As more rumours started to spread yesterday afternoon that the winning ticket was bought in either counties Kildare or Carlow, Paddy Power bookmakers closed bets on both counties following a flurry of interest.
The win is the second largest lottery jackpot to be won in Ireland, dwarfed only by the massive €115m won by Limerick's Dolores McNamara in 2005.
The former cleaning lady has kept a low profile since then but has splashed out on a €1.7m house near Lough Derg.