Hunt Still on for €11.3 Million Irish Lotto Winner in Dublin
Last Updated: Wednesday 7th December 2016, 10:24 am
You may want to double-check your lottery tickets; Saturday, 3rd December’s €11.3 million Irish Lotto winner has yet to claim their prize — but local people think they have an idea of who won.
A wave of excitement has swept across Dublin this week as locals try to track down the winner of Saturday night’s Irish Lotto jackpot.
As reported earlier this week, the €11.3 million winning ticket was purchased from the Spar shop at the Top Service petrol station on Amiens Street, Dublin, on the day of the draw. Although staff were not able to say which of them sold the ticket, they hypothesised that, due to the store’s location on a main road, the mystery millionaire could have been someone just passing through who stopped to pick up some sundries.
But excited locals believe the winner to be from the inner-city area, and of a particular profession.
"A few people reckon it's someone around the area,” bar manager Carl Kennedy told the Irish Independent. “I'll tell you one thing — they'll have a good Christmas."
"There's a lot of taxis that pull in there all day because of the proximity of the rank here,” said 80-year-old Mick Duffy, subscribing to a popular hypothesis. “I'd be 90 percent sure it was a taxi driver who won the jackpot."
Clearly caught up in the buzz, a handful of Dubliners couldn’t resist the opportunity to have a bit of fun with the shop’s staff, with one employee telling reporters that “more than 10 people” had gone into the shop saying that they were in possession of the life-changing ticket.
Irish National Lottery players have 90 days to claim their prizes, so the missing millionaire still has plenty of time left to collect their fortune. But with an eight-figure sum waiting to be transferred into their bank account, you’d forgive Ireland’s regular Lotto players for wondering why the winner hasn’t already snapped lottery officials’ hands off.