The mystery surrounding the lucky €12.8m Lotto jackpot goes on – but one local in Knocklyon has been left fed up by speculation that he is the lucky winner.
It has been confirmed that a syndicate scooped the massive prize. Yesterday, the rumour mill was in full swing in Knocklyon as locals speculated on who the winners could be.
One rumour running wild in the area was that one of the winners was a former public servant. A local man said he had been inundated with calls from reporters from all over Ireland and from the UK.
“I didn’t win and I keep telling people that,” the man, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Herald.
The man said some locals shook his hand after Mass and congratulated him – but he’s now at his wits’ end.
“I’ve had to explain that I haven’t won, and I wouldn’t want to win,” he said. “I never even played the Lotto on Wednesday.”
There was excitement in the local SuperValu where the winning ticket was sold. The staff said speculation was rife among customers who have been calling into the shop for updates. Ken O’Toole is the store manager at SuperValu and said that there was still a great feeling in the shop.
“There’s great excitement in the shop. All the customers are so happy about the fact that Knocklyon won it,” said Mr O’Toole (50) from Lucan.
“There’s been no names given, just great speculation and happiness around the area.”
Another local man who wished to remain anonymous said he bought a Quick Pick ticket in the winning SuperValu on the night of the draw but didn’t have the winning ticket.
“The wife was asking me to check the ticket because she heard there was a winner,” he said. “I didn’t go back to the SuperValu, I went to another shop close by to check but it wasn’t me.”
While whoever has scooped the €12,849,224 jackpot has yet to come forward, the elation and anticipation shows no sign of abating.
The winning numbers in Wednesday’s draw were 2, 15, 19, 26, 37 and 38 while the all-important bonus number was 39.
Another lucky winner picked up a phenomenal total of €179,034 in a SuperValu on Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois. To date, about 20 jackpots worth more than €10m have been won by players in this country. The largest Lotto win of almost €19m was by the Dan Morrissey syndicate in Carlow on June 26, 2008.
Last January, a Dublin work syndicate scooped €88.5m in the EuroMillions jackpot.