€94m jackpot is 'Beaumont Triangle's' latest big win
IT IS being dubbed the Beaumont Triangle – an area of almost supernatural Lotto luck, where even former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern enjoyed some success.
The Dublin suburb has enjoyed a series of big wins, including, it has emerged, the massive €94m Euromillions jackpot won by a mystery punter two weeks ago.
Aside from that huge prize, other recent wins include a €7.3m Lotto win in 2007 and winning tickets worth €4.8m and €500,000 sold in nearby Artane in the space of two days last year.
And the famous Beaumont House pub was the scene of Mr Ahern's lotto win; albeit on a smaller scale – he won a €10,000 draw for a local soccer club in 2010.
Owner Dermot Carew last night assured the Irish Independent that his friend and regular customer, the former Taoiseach, was not the secret winner of the staggering Euromillions jackpot saying: "I'd know for sure if he did. If he had won, he'd definitely have had to buy a few rounds in here."
Mr Carew said it was "fantastic news for Beaumont" if the winner is indeed local, as many suspect.
But others thought the new multi-millionaire could have been a patient from Beaumont Hospital, or someone passing through the area.
The only certainties are that the ticket was purchased in the Mace supermarket on the Shantalla Road; the ticket was a €6 Quickpick; and the winner is Irish.
There were celebrations as Susan Barry, owner of the shop, was presented with a lottery cheque for €25,000.
"It was a massive surprise," said Ms Barry, who was working the day the ticket was sold. "I'm still in shock over it all."
When asked could they refer to CCTV footage to identify the winner, Ms Barry laughed. "While that might be the temptation, it won't happen and we will respect the wishes of the lucky winner".
The winner collected their prize from National Lottery headquarters last Thursday, getting in and out of the building anonymously. But their identity still dominated conversations in Beaumont yesterday. Workers in local beauty salon Karizma, Michelle McNulty and June Fraser, said they'd be in Hawaii or the Maldives if they had won.
They said they had no idea who the winner was, June adding: "One of the girls was out sick so we thought it was her. Then they thought it was me because I'm always doing the Lotto."
In the next door Boston Bakery, staff member Carol Mahon said they hadn't noticed "anybody's lifestyle change" in the area "so they mightn't be from around here".
Beaumont resident Stephen O'Connor said the win was "great for the area – but it wasn't bloody me". He said he thought it would be difficult for the winner to remain anonymous adding: "You could never hide €94m."
Butcher shop owner and Dubs fan Peter Byrne said: "The first thing I'd do if I won is buy a box in Croke Park." But he added: "Do you think I'd be standing here if it was me?"