THE rumour mill is in overdrive regarding the identity of the winner of the staggering jackpot of €5.2 million in Wednesday’s Lotto draw is. The winning QuikPick ticket was sold in SuperValu Kilbarry and as yet it is unknown whether the ticket was an individual win or a syndicate ticket. Manager of SuperValu Kilbarry, Karl Carter said that they “are now the luckiest shop in Waterford to do the Lotto in” but that as yet, they do not have any indication of who the winner might be. In 2017, a winning ticket was sold in SuperValu Kilbarry for a €1 million win on the Euromillions, making this their first big jackpot win and a very exciting winning ticket for the lucky ticket holder.
Fran Whearty from the National Lottery said that he expects the winner to come forward very soon, “It is very unusual for more than three days to pass before the winner comes forward”. Champagne bottles were popped in front of the shop on Friday morning, following the phone call from the National Lottery to Karl Carter on the previous evening and the staff were all in high spirits, sharing in the excitement. Standard practice with any jackpot win is that €15,000 will go from the win to the shop who sold the ticket, and manager Karl Carter has said that any monies will be used to give all staff a large Christmas party. However, no premature Christmas merriment can begin without that all-important winner stepping forward to claim their prize, which there is no sign of yet.
Staff were unable to answer what the cost of the winning ticket was, in order to protect the identity of the ticket-holder. Tickets bought as part of a syndicate are usually for a non-standard amount, so reluctance on the SuperValu and National Lottery staff to share the cost of the ticket could be a heavy indication that this ticket was sold to a syndicate. If that is the case, somewhere, someone is holding a ticket worth €5.2 million and if that is you, the winning numbers were 13, 27, 32, 36, 38, 39 with a bonus number of 43.
Local woman, Catherine Moran from Cherrymount was on site to claim her win of €3, somewhat shy of the big prize but the National Lottery’s Fran Whearty presented her with a champagne glass, usually reserved for winners. Meanwhile, the rumour mill turns in anticipation of the winner’s name.