Identity of the latest lucky Lotto multi-millionaire is talk of town
Published 19/12/2011 | 05:00
IN a small town where everybody knows their neighbour's name, uncovering the identity of the latest Lotto multi-millionaire is proving difficult.
Working out who will be celebrating all the way to the bank this Christmas was the talk of the pubs, shops and streets of Newport, Co Tipperary.
Staff were happily celebrating with champagne at Tom Ryan's Centra shop and filling station in Newport, Co Tipperary, after they sold Saturday's Lotto jackpot ticket worth nearly €5m.
The shop floor was flooded with hundreds of excited people from Newport as they mused whether it could just be one of their neighbours in the small town, which boasts a population of 2,000 and lies close to the Limerick border.
The winner will be precisely €4,817,816 the richer when they arrive at National Lottery Headquarters in Dublin with the ticket displaying Saturday's jackpot numbers -- 3, 10, 24, 26, 32, 44 and the bonus number of 6.
Owner Tom Ryan (47), who runs two other Centra stores in Limerick, said: "The news came through to us in the pub last night and we couldn't believe it, it made a right job of the night.
"I rang Danny, my manager at the shop in Newport, and the rest of the lads and they all joined us and we had a super night. Unfortunately, we don't know who it is. I'd be hoping it would be a local person."
It wasn't the first time one of Mr Ryan's shops popped the champagne corks on selling a big Lotto win. Yesterday there were people splashing out on tickets in the hope a bit of the luck might rub off.
"We've been very lucky here, we were only open a few months and we sold a Lotto Plus ticket worth around €350,000. A few weeks ago we shared a Telly Bingo ticket and someone won around €4,000. About five years ago we sold a Lotto ticket in Limerick and the person got over €1m so, we've been very lucky," said Mr Ryan.
"There's a great buzz around Newport, especially this morning. The word got out early and loads of people were off checking their tickets but no one has come ashore yet anyway.
"Hopefully, it's someone local and I have a feeling it is, because we get a load of local trade on Saturdays, as opposed to the rest of the week when we get a good passing trade too."
He said a post-mortem on just who might be the lucky one would continue in the local pub 'The Stroller' in Ballyneety.
Mr Ryan employs around 150 people between his Centra shops in Newport, in Tipperary, and Raheen and Askeaton in Co Limerick.
Mr Ryan added: "It is amazing no names have been mentioned yet. It's great for the town of Newport, we love our parish."