Lucky lotto winners stay under cover

News Portarlington and Portlaoise winners stay anonymous

Lucky lotto winners stay under cover
By Lynda Kiernannews@leinsterexpress.ieTwitter: @laoisnews

There were two lucky lotto winners in Laois last week, scooping half a million and a million each, but they are opting to stay anonymous.

In Portarlington the Dublin Bus employee who bought the lucky €23.8 million Euromillions jackpot ticket in O'Hanlon's Spar shop, is a resident of the town, but has declined to go public.

The syndicate of 22 each scooped €1.084 million, the sixth biggest National Lottery win so far.

The shop itself is set to get an undisclosed payout for selling the winning ticket.

Owner Tom O’Hanlon and his staff celebrated with champagne last week.

“We are absolutely delighted for the shop, we have had great local support and it has created a great buzz for the locality. We would like to wish the winners all the best of luck and we hope that they enjoy their good fortune,” he said.

Customers have been hoping to repeat the good luck, with lotto sales busy since, and many wondering who won the million.

“It has boosted sales, and a lot of people are coming in to say good luck to the winners, and there is a lot of speculation. It’s a great boost for the town, and maybe someone will get lucky again,” store manager Anthony Quigley told the Leinster Express last Monday.

The driver is the only Laois winner from the syndicate of 21 bus drivers and one inspector.

Last Thursday July 7 they arrived with their families in a yellow double decker bus to National Lottery HQ to collect their winnings, amid joyous celebrations and popping of champagne corks.

"This is an incredible feeling, and to win the Euromillions as such a big group is very special. We are going to enjoy the celebrations and look after each other as a group in the next few weeks.” a spokesperson said.

Most of the drivers are staying anonymous, with others planning holidays and new cars. It is understood that most will continue working.

It was the second big lotto win in Laois within a week.

The previous Wednesday June 29, a €500,000 winning ticket in the Lotto Plus One was sold in Tesco Portlaoise.

That winner also remains anonymous.