Speculation over location of Euromillions winner continues

National Lottery HQ in Dublin, where the winner can claim their massive jackpot from today
National Lottery HQ in Dublin, where the winner can claim their massive jackpot from today

Ireland's latest multi-millionaire will have the first opportunity to claim their €66m Euromillions jackpot today and speculation is still rife over where the winner is from.

Kilmore Quay in Co Wexford has been in a lottery frenzy this weekend, with rumours that the winning ticket, Ireland's fourth-highest Euromillions jackpot ever, was sold in the village's Mace store.

Store owner John Brady told the Irish Independent that he had dealt with close to 2,000 people in the past 24 hours enquiring as to whether he sold the winning ticket. He said it was the only thing on the minds of local people.

However, Mr Brady insisted that at this point it is only "pure speculation" and that he is somewhat embarrassed by the spotlight on his store.

He pointed out that until somebody claims the winnings, the seller could be from any part of the country.

"It's still a rumour and we haven't heard anything to say that it actually is from here - no official has contacted us about it, but there has been great excitement around the area because of the speculation.

"I must have had 2,000 people coming in or ringing me and asking me about it in the last 24 hours, because we're the only shop in the area that sells lottery tickets.

"It's only a small village, with 600-700 people and one pub that's actually open, so it's a very tight-knit community.

"To me, it's all been blown out of proportion a bit. We're a bit embarrassed by it, but good luck to whoever won it.

"I hope it's someone from around here and I hope it's someone who really needed it."

Spokeswoman for the National Lottery Paula McEvoy said she wouldn't be surprised if the winners decided to take their time.

"You have 90 days to collect the prize and some people leave it quite late. They can give themselves time to talk to advisers and their friends and family, but then again some people like to get the money first and then think about what they're going to do about it.

"We provide very general advice, practical advice for people when they come into big wins, but a lot of the time when people come to collect their winnings, they've already thought about what they might do."

It is the policy of the National Lottery not to reveal the location of the winning ticket seller for Euromillions jackpots.

"We'll respect the wishes of the winner with regards to whether they want it to be public or private," said Ms McEvoy.

The latest windfall is Ireland's eighth major Euromillions win.

The biggest win was in 2005, when Limerick woman, Dolores McNamara scooped more than €115m.