MYSTERY surrounds the identity of a lucky Lotto winner, who scooped over €4m in the jackpot on Saturday after a €4 quickpick was purchased in Limerick.
It was the first time that a winning ticket has been purchased from Chawke’s Centra and Texaco filling station in Castletroy, which has been in business for 45 years. The shop has been a Lotto agent for the past 22 years since its inception.
Owner Tom Chawke, 70, said the win is the talk of the shop and is leading to a boost in sales of Lotto tickets.
“We’re still on a high and there’s great speculation about who it might be. People are quite excited, but as the National Lottery offices were closed this Monday for the Bank Holiday we don’t know if anyone has claimed it.
“The good news is it’s doing more news, as people keep coming in chatting about it. It’s a very high amount of money to win, but we really won’t know until someone walks into the National Lottery offices,” he told the Limerick Chronicle.
One man who came into the shop and heard of the news feared that he may have thrown his Lotto ticket in the fire by mistake, Mr Chawke said.
“If that happens it’s really hard luck. Another man was asked it he won it, and he said ‘Oh, gee’ and ran out and jumped into the car. Whether that’s significant or not I don’t know,” he added.
He also ruled himself out of the running, as he forgot to update his normal eight-draw ticket on Saturday.
Champagne was popped by staff in the store on New Year’s staff, after Mr Chawke received a phonecall from the National Lottery at 10pm the previous night. The winning numbers for the €4,164,479 prize were 4, 11, 23, 30, 37, 44 and the bonus number was 32.