Rumours rife in Listowel as Lotto luck strikes

Speculation was rife in Listowel in Kerry as to who was the town’s newest millionaire.

As rumours were flying around about the identity of the owner or owners of the ticket, the staff of Garvey’s Superstore were basking in the glory of having sold a second Lotto winning ticket in excess of €2m.

The winning ticket for Wednesday’s jackpot was worth €2m. The €12 multi-draw Quick Pick ticket was sold on May 4.

Phil Dunne, assistant manager of Garvey’s said despite the rumours, nobody seemed to know for certain who the winner was. “We’ve no clue who it is yet. There have been a few rumours flying around and people hazarding guesses.”

Mr Dunne said the lack of information hadn’t stopped people coming into the shop hoping to find out the identity of the millionaire.

“The atmosphere has been electric in here today. It’s been like a cattle mart with people buzzing around and nosing around trying to find out who it is. It’s great.”

Meanwhile, yesterday a Mayo couple joined the Irish millionaires’ club.

The pair matched the first six numbers drawn in last Saturday’s Lotto draw and scooped €2.6m — a half share of €5.3m jackpot.

The duo, who wish to remain anonymous, are regular Lotto players. “We’re delighted. It’s all very surreal at the moment. We just can’t believe our luck.”

The happy couple bought their €6 Quick Pick ticket in O’Riordan’s, Station Road in Castlebar, Co Mayo on the day of the draw. They are yet to make any decisions on how to spend the windfall.

A couple from the South-West picked up the remaining half of Saturday’s jackpot yesterday.

They bought their lucky ticket in Roslevan Shopping Centre on the Tulla Road in Ennis, Co Clare.

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