‘WAS it you? Did you check your numbers? Did you win the €8.6m? Any clues? Hear any rumours?”
The mystery surrounding the identity of the country’s latest multi millionaire is engulfing conversation around the streets and business premises of Abbeyleix.
An €8 QuickPick sold in Moran’s Newsagents and containing the numbers 12, 24, 26, 34, 35 & 42 (with 44 being the bonus ball), has hit the lotto jackpot of €8,638,029, but so far no one has come forward to claim the prize.
Michael McDonnell of McDonnell’s hardware store hopes the winner is local and that they’ve a large family to share their win with.
Geraldine Palmer of The Flower House, next door to Moran’s, said the news has shown the heritage town of Abbeyleix in a positive light. “It is uplifting. I think you’d have to leave the country if you won that much.”
Local butcher Andy Sheil revealed, “There have been a few rumours. But truthfully, I just don’t know who won it. Best of luck to them but I know it wasn’t me.”
Stan Fyffe of Fyffe’s referred to the great excitement in the town and added, “I hope that whoever won it gets solid financial advice.”
Some of the punters in Morrissey’s were having the craic and enjoying their ‘black’ champagne. But if they knew the holder of the winning ticket they were remaining tight lipped.
“Shur it could be anyone. We’ve been inundated with media enquiries,” explained Mary Kirwan.
As she continued to serve the upbeat locals and the hugry and thirsty revellers who stopped off en-route to Stradbally for the Electric Picnic, Mary added, “There was great banter here last night between customers and journalists. Whoever the winner might be I just hope they are local.”
So the search for the winner goes on and you can read more about it in Wednesday’s Leinster Express.