Speculation was still growing yesterday in Burtonport regarding the identity of the four lucky winners who turned up at National Lottery Headquarters in Dublin on Tuesday to collect their cheque for €1 million which they won in the Monday Millions draw on Monday 7th February last.
The lucky €6 Quick Pick ticket was bought in Packie McHugh’s Spar shop and filling station at Acres in Burtonport and this newspaper was there on the morning when the news emerged.
Packie told the Donegal Democrat at the time, “I got the phone call from the National Lottery at 8.30 am and our phone hasn’t stopped ringing since. It’s a small area and it doesn’t take long for the news to spread.
“This is the second big win in less than six months - a young couple Alan and Anne Louise Cowley from the village bought their winning €690K ticket in the shop that is now being dubbed “the luckiest Spar in the country.”
Last week’s lucky winners were both ‘shocked and delighted’ with their win and it was only on the following day when they heard on the local radio station that the winning ticket had been sold in Donegal, that one of the syndicate members went to their local shop to pick up the results slip.
When he realised they had won he ‘couldn’t believe it’ and called the other syndicate members straight away to tell them the fantastic news. The lucky winners plan to take some time out to consider how they will spend their new found fortune.
For now they have decided to keep their identities secret, but the speculation is expected to continue for some time in Dungloe and Burtonport.
Packie said, “It’s great excitement - it takes a bit of doom and gloom out of the air. Everyone is still looking around them and watching out to see if anyone has taken an unscheduled trip to Dublin.
“I have no idea who bought it - whoever they are they seemed to be intent on keeping it quiet. I would like to think that they might be local and that it brings them all a “lotta happiness”.