The search begins for Cork's secret millionaire following €5.3 million jackpot in Innishannon

The search begins for Cork's secret millionaire following €5.3 million jackpot in Innishannon
Barry O'Sullivan pictured with his staff at the Centra store in Innishannon that sold a €5.3 million winning Lotto ticket.

THE owner of a Cork shop that sold a lotto ticket worth €5.3 million revealed they have made attempts to find their secret millionaire.

Barry O'Sullivan - who owns the Centra store in Innishannon where the €5,325,592 Lotto Jackpot ticket was sold - reacted to the news following Saturday night's scoop.

"It's unbelievable," he said. "As Lottos go this is a large amount of money and there's a good chance the ticket was bought by somebody local. Everyone knows at this stage."

"Social means that word travels fast. Almost every customer who's come in has been asking 'is it true?' and if so do I know who the winner is. The truth is we don't but we hope that it is someone in the area who needs the money."

He joked that they have been questioning customers in an attempt to whittle down the mystery millionaire.

"We spoke to a couple of the customers but they're all denying it," he laughed. "It could be a while before it comes out of the woodwork."

Mr O'Sullivan spoke of how the news has lifted the community.

"It's nice to hear a happy story that makes everyone smile."

He added that it would be difficult to identify which staff member sold the winning ticket.

"Finding out who sold the winning ticket isn't possible even though it would be nice," he said.

The lucky ticketholder will be the seventh Lotto jackpot winner of 2019.

A National Lottery spokesperson has appealed to Lotto players to check their tickets.

“With a jackpot win of this amount, it is important that we take some time to inform the winning retailer and of course to give the winning ticketholder the time and space they need to let this amazing win to sink in so we will be announcing the winning store in the coming days," they said.

"If you are the lucky ticketholder please be sure to sign the back of the ticket, keep it safe and contact the National Lottery prize claims team on 01 836 4444 and we will make arrangements for you to collect your prize”.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games is ploughed back into organisations working in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage and the Irish Language. A total of more than €5.4 Billion has been raised for good causes since the National Lottery was established 32 years ago.

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