The search is on for the winner of the €5.3 million Lotto jackpot in Cork
A local man plans on renting an expensive car to drive around Inishannon to fool people into thinking he’s the winner!
The winner of the €5,325,592 jackpot from Saturday night’s National Lottery draw has not yet revealed themselves and may not even know about their life-changing victory.
The winning ticket, a QuickPick, was sold in Centra in the village of Inishannon in Cork on the day of the draw on Saturday (21 September), so if you’re from the village or just happened to be passing through and bought a ticket, be sure to give it another look.
The winning numbers from Saturday night’s Lotto draw are: 6, 8, 13, 15, 21, 30 and the bonus number is 17.
“It is possible that the winner is still unaware that they may be in possession of the winning ticket so we are encouraging anybody who has a ticket to check it carefully and to contact our prize claims team on 01 836 4444 and we will make arrangements for you to collect your prize,” a National Lottery spokesperson said.
“However, it is still early days in terms of the winner making contact. This person or people have 90 days to claim the prize from the date of the draw so I’m sure we will hear something from this lucky ticketholder sooner rather than later.”
The village of Inishannon is, not surprisingly, abuzz with news of the big win, leading to plenty of speculation about the identity of Ireland’s newest millionaire, if indeed, it was purchased by an individual and not a syndicate.
“Speculation is rife… and one local customer said he is going to play a prank and rent an expensive car for a few days and drive it around Inishannon so everyone will think it is him who has won!” said the owner of the Centra store, Barry O’Sullivan.
“Whoever the winner is though, we wish them every bit of luck enjoying this life-changing win.”
Speaking to John Paul McNamara on C103's Cork Today show, meanwhile, O’Sullivan also revealed that the store received €15,000 from The National Lottery for selling the winning ticket, a sum that will be distributed amongst the store’s staff, which includes students working part-time.
“It’s a reward for them for all their hard work so that’s what we decided to do,” O’Sullivan said.