Sunday 17 December 2017

Could an RTE star have scooped Lotto’s €16m Donnybrook bonanza?

SPECULATION is rife today that an RTE star is the winner of Saturday’s staggering €16m jackpot.

As the rumour machine went into overdrive in Donnybrook today, all sorts of names were being bandied about as second biggest jackpot in history was won.

Pat Kenny, Joe Duffy and Grainne Seoige were being mentioned today, despite the fact that there is no proof that the winning ticket was purchased by someone from RTE in the first place.

The golden ticket was scooped by one lucky punter who splashed out €30 on a mixed play multi-draw ticket on Friday at Donnybrook Fair.

The family-run supermarket is close to the entrance of RTE’s Montrose studios. Store owner Joe Doyle has said he has no idea who the lucky winner could be.


Mr Doyle said he and his family were “delighted the ticket was sold in our store”.

He added that it was the first time a winning Lotto ticket was sold at Donnybrook Fair.

Shoppers at the store on Morehampton Road were greeted with champagne yesterday morning as they celebrated selling the weekend’s winning ticket.

The jackpot had been accumulating for more than 16 weeks since September 1.

The winning Lotto numbers on the weekend draw were 15, 16, 22, 25, 31, 32 and the bonus was 37.

It was one of the biggest wins in Lotto history.

Last April, a couple who bought their winning ticket in Easons in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, scooped €16.7m – the second largest jackpot ever won.


However, there is speculation the Donnybrook win may have been part of a syndicate.

The ticket holder has 90 days from Friday to claim the winning amount.

Attention will focus on Lotto headquarters in Dublin tomorrow when its doors reopen after the Bank Holiday weekend.

Lotto spokeswoman Paula McEvoy said: “We advise them in the meantime to sign the back of the ticket and put it somewhere safe and they can contact us if they want to speak confidentially.”

The largest ever Lotto win of €18.9m was won by a syndicate of 16 workmates from a Carlow cement plant, in June 2008.

Ms McEvoy urged the winner to phone the National Lottery headquarters on Abbey Street in confidence.

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