Saturday 18 November 2017

Shop does a brisk trade in denials but still no sign of Lotto winner

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

THE two cars immediately outside the front door of Donnybrook Fair yesterday afternoon were a '08 Porsche 911 Carrera and a '10 Mercedes CLK 500.

But with Lotto headquarters not opening until this morning following the bank holiday weekend the cars were no indicator the holder of the €16.4m winning ticket was back to confirm the numbers.

They are simply the vehicles people in Dublin 4 use to fetch the groceries. The butler, presumably, has bank holidays off.

Inside the shop, where the €30 winning ticket was sold on Friday, there was a brisk trade in the chicken-and-broccoli bake -- and in denials.

"It's the first I've heard of it," Georgina Molloy from Rathgar said when told of the shop's success.

"We're just back from our honeymoon and we did get a few lottery tickets as presents but they weren't bought here, and they didn't win. I wish we did -- it'd certainly pay for the honeymoon."

Others were more succinct when ruling themselves out.

"Do you really think I'd be browsing the cheap wine section?" asked one man.

The wine was cheaper, perhaps, but hardly what you could call cheap.

"I wondered first if it was all the shop staff in a syndicate and whether they might be shutting down, but apparently not," local woman Margaret Connell said.

Indeed, a €30 winning ticket would indicate a syndicate or family win in most cases. But in Donnybrook it may just have been the change on the dashboard.

"I hope it is a syndicate and I hope it's 16 people," Ms Connell said. "That would make 16 happy people, because if it is one person it is an awful amount of money. I think people would be happy with a million. I certainly would be."

Management in the shop said that no one had made any claims of success.

The winning numbers were 15, 16, 22, 25, 31, 32 and the bonus was 37.

It was the fourth biggest win in Lotto history, with all attention switching to Lotto headquarters in Dublin city centre from this morning to see if someone, or some group, claims the prize.

And with some mischievous speculation that the winner may be from RTE, perhaps a famous face will be picking up the large cheque. Or will they just send the butler to squeeze it into the Rolls?

Irish Independent

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