A LOCAL Crosshaven family are believed to be the winners of Saturday’s €5.6m Lotto jackpot.
The young woman, her husband and young children have been described as a hugely popular family who are grounded in the community of Crosshaven.
The picturesque harbour village has been buzzing with excitement since late Saturday night when news filtered through that the jackpot had been won in the local shop.
The ecstatic owner of the winning Centra Store in Crosshaven, Bernard Lynch - who is holidaying with his family in Lanzarote - said he was delighted at the great news.
“We just can’t believe it, what a win for the people of Crosshaven! I’m away on an Easter break with the family but it was a nice surprise to get the call from the National Lottery on Saturday night. I managed to get hold of the staff in the shop before they closed up for the night and they went absolutely wild.
“We have a very close-knit community in Crosshaven so we know our customers very well. The majority are local but the town of Crosshaven is a beautiful maritime sailing port which attracts a lot of visitors. If the winner of the life-changing sum happens to be one of our neighbours or friends, it’ll be all the sweeter”.
He added: “In my absence from the store, I have been told that celebrations are well underway this morning! We’re calling on everybody in the locality to drop into the store and to check their tickets to see if they have won the €5.7 million jackpot!” Speaking on the latest Lotto win, Dermot Griffin, CEO of the National Lottery said: “Our Cork players have really had the rub of the green in Lotto over the past week. Last weekend, a syndicate of colleagues in the Supervalu store in Midelton won €219,472 after falling one number shy of the jackpot, and another Cork winner won the Lotto Plus 2 top prize of €250,000. This week the rebel county have hit the jackpot. Last year we had a total of 12 Lotto jackpots won in Ireland and this lucky trend looks to be spilling over into 2018 as it’s the third Lotto win of the year. I look forward to meeting the winner or winners of this Lotto jackpot”.