Shopowner breaks out bubbly but €4m Lotto winner still secret
A GARAGE owner was popping champagne yesterday after being told he had sold the weekend winning €4.m jackpot Lotto ticket.
It was the second win of more than €4m for the Mid-West in the space of a fortnight after a jackpot winner in Newport, Co Tipperary, the week before Christmas.
Last night Castletroy, Co Limerick, was taking its turn at celebration and speculation as news filtered through of the €4 Quick Pick ticket sold at Chawke's Centra and Texaco filling station. It was the store's first big win in its 22 years as a Lotto agent.
"I got a phone call from the National Lottery at about 10pm last evening saying that we sold the winning ticket, so we're on a high" said a delighted Tom Chawke.
"We're participating in the lottery since its inception 22 years ago. We're there since the very beginning when all there was was scratch cards. It's our first big prize."
The 70-year old shopowner is a relative of leading publican Charlie Chawke.
He added that while there was "plenty of speculation" as to who the winner could be, he did not know their identity.
The ticket was purchased on Saturday.
Mr Chawke has been in the grocery retail trade for the past 45 years and opened his Castletroy store and filling station in 1983.
It was also a Centra shop in Newport, a few miles from Chawke's, that sold a €4.8m Quick Pick ticket to an unidentified Limerick man before Christmas.
"It's the second Centra to sell a winning ticket and it's been so close, it's unbelievable actually. I was only saying to their manager last week that these things come in threes," revealed shop manager Mr Duggan.