Town left guessing as 'local man' sits on €10m Lotto win
Rumours swirled around Newbridge, Co Kildare, last night as locals guessed who could have won Thursday's bumper €10m Lotto jackpot.
Siobhan Hurley, owner of An Chistin restaurant, believed the winner of the largest draw in several months could be a local man whom she often serves.
"We heard that it was somebody that frequents our restaurant on a regular basis. But we don't know who it is at the moment.
"We're as excited as everybody else is. We're waiting to see will we get a little more information on it.
"But we're 23 years in business, and we've so many regulars, we don't know who to look at. I would imagine it's somebody local. Everybody who came in this evening for dinner said they were wondering who it could be. And I asked everybody, but nobody said it was them.
"We're sort of half-celebrating here ourselves, sort of hoping we might have been serving them for the past 20 years."
The ticket was sold in Jordan's Centra in Curragh Grange ahead of the first ever Thursday night draw, after a glitch prevented it from taking place on Wednesday night as usual.
Manager John Murray said the mood at the store was "phenomenal", but that staff couldn't spend too long celebrating as it enjoyed one of its busiest ever Fridays yesterday.
"The mood has been absolutely phenomenal. We've been very busy today, especially around the Lotto machine," he said.
"Everybody's been coming in and handing in their ticket, and checking to see if they were lucky ones too.
"It's been a fantastic today, there's a great buzz around the place. There have been a lot of people in buying tickets for Saturday's draw too. That's probably the usual, that people will be hoping the shop could be lucky for the second time."
The €8 Quick Pick ticket was purchased last Thursday, January 29.
"We've probably made a little bit of history in that we're the first shop to sell a winning Lotto ticket for a Thursday draw," he said as the store offered free tea and coffee to celebrate.
The winning ticket holder did not travel to the National Lottery's head office in Dublin yesterday to collect their winnings, and must now sit on the ticket until Monday.
Wednesday's scheduled Lotto draw had to be postponed after technical issues saw ticket machines go down nationwide.
It was the first time ever that the National Lottery was forced to postpone a draw.