Lotto millionaire maintaining a low profile

A POLE, a builder or an asylum seeker. They were the main candidates last night as Millstreet’s Lotto millionaire managed to keep a low profile.

Despite speculation, the identity of the person or persons who bought the €9.6 million winning EuroMillions ticket in Coleman’s Spar shop on Friday remained unknown.

Rumours were flying around the town that the ticket was bought by either a local syndicate of builders, or by a member of the town’s large Polish population, many of whom are engaged in the building trade.

There were also some suggestions that a member of Drishane Castle’s asylum seeking community may have hit the jackpot.

John and Mary Coleman and their daughters Emma, Linda and Marie, popped champagne to celebrate their winning sale.

But Mary said that as of yesterday, they still don’t know who bought the ticket on what was one of their shop’s busiest days.

“The hype is fantastic but we’re only hearing a lot of speculation,” she said. “We have a lot of passing trade; a real mixed bag. It could be anyone.”

Dave Curtin Snr, of Curtin’s Bar, said while people weren’t ordering champagne or caviare, he said the win had been great for business.

“It has improved business a lot. There is a fierce speculation. There’s shades of Waking Ned about it. We have a large Polish community. It could be some of them,” he added.

And as the attentions of his regulars turned yesterday afternoon to more important matters like the weather and the international rugby match, Dave said: “My place is for sale. If anyone comes along with a big ball of money, I’m open to offers.”

The two Irish winners will be able to claim their prize from this morning when the National Lottery office in Dublin opens at 9am.

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