Sunday 25 June 2017

'We're running every time the phone rings' - Shop rumoured to have sold winning €88m EuroMillions ticket still on standby

The wait continues...

Dublin Bus Euromillions winners arrive at the National Lottery office following their win in July. Photo: Mark Condren
Dublin Bus Euromillions winners arrive at the National Lottery office following their win in July. Photo: Mark Condren
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

While it has been confirmed that the winner of the whopping €88,587,275 EuroMillions jackpot has come forward, the nation is still in the dark about the identity of Ireland's latest millionaire-to-be.

A syndicate linked to the Janssen pharmaceutical plant in Co Cork is still at the centre of mounting speculation.

However, the group of 34 workers are remaining tight-lipped for now.

Fitzpatrick's store in Glounthaune is believed to have sold the golden ticket and the "champagne is on ice" as they await that all important phone call.

Store manager Kerri O'Neill could barely sleep with the excitement last night.

"We've been waiting all day for the call. Every time the phone rings we are running to it," she told Independent.ie.

"It’s a real feel good story at the moment.

"I’ll have to keep it under wraps though as all my staff are wondering if they will get a cut," she laughed.

It's not the first time the store has proved lucky for lotto punters.

"We sold one winning ticket many years ago where I think the winner got about a million euro or so."

Whether they have produced the goods again this time still remains to be seen.

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