The town of Mooncoin is today abuzz with rumors and speculation after the National Lottery confirmed that the lottery ticket worth €8,508,720 was sold at a local store.
So far the owner of the winning slip of paper has yet to come forward to claim their prize, but what is known is that it was a €6 Quick Pick and was purchased on Saturday at Blanchfield’s Centra, Main Street, Mooncoin.
For the owners of the Co Kilkenny store, it’s a case of déjà vu, as they sold a winning ticket worth €6.8m in December 2019.
“Great news, we are very surprised, we didn’t expect it so soon after the last win,” co-owner Alice Blanchfield said today.
“We’re becoming a lucky store. We’re very excited and we just hope it’s someone local, some of our loyal customers.”
Her husband, Michael Blanchfield, said they are “absolutely delighted” and can’t believe they have sold another big winner.
“It’s great for the community and it’s great for the staff and it’s great for ourselves. It’s great for the whole area and it brings some much-needed cheer in these times.”
He said there has been a lot of talk about who could be the winner, but there are no real clues yet.
“We will have to wait and see if that person will show up or not.
“I hope it brings them luck and that they use the money wisely. Hopefully it’s local, but you never know.”
The €6.8m winner more than two years ago claimed his jackpot but it was not “made public” so it is not generally known who it was, Blanchfield said.
“There was a lot of speculation and stuff, but we’re still keeping an eye on new cars and new houses, we haven’t been able to figure it out yet.”
Working behind the counter today, staff member Margaret Phelan confirmed that she was not the winner.
“No. And I had my lottery done, I checked it here on Sunday when I heard it was the southeast, but it wasn’t us, unfortunately. We do the same numbers every week, so we didn’t do a quick pick.”
“It’s great for the community,” he added, to have another big winner in their midst.
“It wasn’t me anyway,” said client Katie Chaffer.
A sentiment shared by her friend Marjorie Godinho, who said that if she won such an award she would share it with her children.
“I have five children and seven grandchildren,” he added.
The grand prize winner, who has not yet been presented, is advised to sign the back of their ticket and keep it in a safe place.
The winner should contact the National Lottery prize claims team on 1800 666 222 or email Claims@lottery.ie and arrangements will be made to claim their prize.