HIGH hopes of a local lottery windfall were dashed yesterday evening as it was revealed that the winning EuroMillions ticket had not been sold in Cork, but rather in Dublin.
Excitement had reached fever pitch in Glounthaune following Tuesday's draw, as rumours spread that the €88m winning “golden ticket” had been sold in Fitzpatrick's shop.
Kerri O'Neill, manager of the shop, said that customers had been flocking in all day Wednesday and Thursday, as whispers circled about a 30-person syndicate from the nearby Janssen Pharmaceutical site in Little Island.
“We've had loads of celebrations and congratulations from our customers even though we kept saying no, we don't know yet,” Ms O'Neill said, before the confirmation came that the ticket was purchased in the capital.
Even though it was not meant to be, the buzz generated by speculation of a Cork win gave a major lift to the village.
“There's been fierce excitement and a great buzz around the place.
“It was a real feel-good story for the locality."
While shoppers speculated about who among them may be newly minted multi-millionaires, they also contemplated what they would do if they had picked the lucky numbers.
“I'd leave the rain and go to the sun,” said Frank O'Keeffe from Knockraha.
“I'd head for some place nice like Lanzarote and Paris maybe.
“I'd go everywhere.”
Dick Fitzgerald from Ladysbridge said that he would put civic duty first by paying some of the bills for the Páirc Uí Chaoimh redevelopment before buying himself a luxury estate and having a good holiday.
On the other hand, Trudy Casey from Cobh was wary about what an €88m win would mean.
“I don't think I'd like to win that much,” she said.
“I'd rather be in a syndicate or make it so that 88 people won €1m so that more people get the chance.
“If I did win it though I'd definitely give some to charity and the rest would pay off my bills and look after my family.”
The National Lottery have not revealed yet who the winner, or winners, of the jackpot are. If they are looking at investing in Cork however, there is plenty up for grabs. Local luxury properties currently on the market include the iconic Liss Ard Estate in Skibbereen which is listed for a cool €7.5m, while Burren House in Kilbrittain, which comes with 20 acres of rolling countryside will set someone back €4.2m.