THE bank balance of one lucky Cork shopper will look a lot healthier today as Wednesday’s €5.2 million winning Lotto ticket was bought in a supermarket in Togher.
The €8 QuickPick ticket was bought in Liam Ryan’s SuperValu in Togher and the advice from Lotto headquarters is to check your ticket as it could be you.
Speculation was rife in the busy supermarket yesterday morning as shoppers queued to see if they had been sold the winning ticket, or indeed, just to hear any gossip on just who the winner might be.
The jackpot had been rolling over since July 3 and was finally won on Wednesday night, with the winning ticket having been purchased last Friday.
SuperValu owner Liam Ryan said he was delighted at selling the winning ticket and hoped the lucky ticket-holder was somebody local.
“It’s great news. We had a winner back in 1994 in the same shop which was worth a couple of hundred thousand, but this is by far the biggest win. I hope it’s somebody local as we have a great local business here that give us great support so it would be great if it’s somebody from the area,” he said.
Cork has been enjoying a good run of Lotto form in recent months.
Just two weeks ago, a Corkman won €2 million after buying his ticket in Midleton while last month a couple from Wilton scooped €6m after buying their ticket in Tesco.
All winners have 90 days from the day of the draw to collect the prize. Some €20m went unclaimed in Lotto prizes last year, with one Euromillions prize worth €1m bought in April 2009 among those which were unclaimed.
The total amount of unclaimed prizes in Ireland last year amounted to 1.5% to 2% of sales.
An average 67% of Ireland’s over-18s play the Lotto every week. Since the Lotto began in April 1988, there have been 12 unclaimed jackpots totalling more than €11m.
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