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Is a whole Lotto fuss over?

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 9:14am

The lucky winner of Saturday’s €8.3million Lotto jackpot finally made contact with Lotto HQ yesterday.

Cork held its collective breath this week when the winning ticket holder did not immediately come forward to claim their hefty prize. The ticket was sold in Dunnes Stores in Bishopstown.

The National Lottery had begun appealing to Lotto players in Cork and beyond to check their tickets as a hunt got underway to track down the seemingly oblivious millionaire.

Asked how she might spend the money if she had won, Cork Ladies Footballer, Saoirse Noonan, told the Cork Independent: “I’d go on a holiday to the Bahamas probably, and I’d pay off my parent’s mortgage and maybe give some to my extended family and my grandparents.”

This year's Cork Rose of Tralee, Erinn O'Connell, had her own ideas for how she might spend the cash if she won, saying that the first thing she would do is buy a “round the world ticket and travel” although she did confess that she had “never even bought a Lotto ticket before”.

A National Lottery spokesperson said: “This is one of the highest Lotto jackpot wins this year, the jackpot was rolling since 20 June and the amount raised for good causes through Lotto sales during this period was an incredible €10.9 million.”

The National Lottery advises that, in the event of winning, ticket holders should sign the back of their ticket and keep it safe until contact is made with the Lotto HQ.

Saturday’s win brings to 174 the number of Lotto jackpot wins in Cork.

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