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Thursday 23 March 2017

'Let's hope it's local', as shop toasts selling €12.8m Lotto ticket

Valerie Mooney and Louise Dunne
Valerie Mooney and Louise Dunne

A lucky syndicate has stepped forward to claim Wednesday evening's €12.8m Lotto jackpot.

Who won the all the cash? That was the question on everybody's lips as rumours circulated yesterday in the SuperValu in Knocklyon, where the ticket was bought - with people hoping it was a group of locals that picked up the grand prize.

Louise Dunne (20), from Tallaght, has been working at SuperValu for two years. She studies at St Patrick's College and says the staff are very close to the customers.

"I'm just hoping that if we're on the desk it's someone that comes in and tells us. Because a lot of us are close with the customers - especially people that work on the desk - and they're lovely," she said.

Genuine

"I would like it to go to someone genuine that is going to do well with the money.

"I'm sure we'll all know if a big Lamborghini pulls up to the shop," she added.

Ken O'Toole (50), from Lucan, is the store manager and he believes there is a good chance the winners were local.

"This morning the excitement in the shop was unbelievable, first of all the colleagues and then the customers - when they all heard, there was a big rush checking the tickets," he said.

"We're a very local shop in the community, being in Knocklyon we're not in a major thoroughfare so I would be hoping it'd be someone local."

The ticket was bought on the day of the draw.

The row of shops in Knocklyon has had its fair share of luck. A newsagents called News Extra only a few doors down sold a ticket worth €2.8m seven years ago.

The Lotto jackpot had been rolling over since December 28.

There was also one lucky winner of the Match 5+ Bonus prize of €179,034. That winning ticket was sold at the SuperValu store on Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois.

The winning numbers in Wednesday's draw were 2, 15, 19, 26, 37, 38 and the bonus number was 39.

The lottery jackpot was €12,849,224.

The identity of the winners has not yet been confirmed.

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