MYSTERY still surrounds the identity of the lucky Irish punter who scooped a jaw-dropping €94 million in Tuesday’s Euromillions draw.
The winner, from Dublin, is now officially the 96th richest person in the country – but will have to wait at least a week to get their hands on the prize, which could earn them well over €1m a year in interest.
Lotto bosses last night confirmed the winner had called them with the correct verification code on the winning ticket.
However, the winner, who so far wishes to remain private, has yet to visit the National Lottery headquarters after scooping the second biggest prize ever won by an Irish person on Euromillions.
The Irish punter – the first to bag such a huge pot since Dolores McNamara won €115 in 2005 – split the €188m jackpot with a player in Belgium.
National Lottery CEO Dermot Griffin said the winner has been advised to take a few days to let the big win sink in.
Mr Griffin said: “They’ll need a bit of advice with this amount of moneyand we have been through this all before so we’ll help them along the way.
“They have not been into our headquarters yet but it will take a week for us to get all the funds from the lotteries around Europe into our bank account before we can pay the winner.”
Whoever has bagged the bumper jackpot can look forward to financial security for life as the €94m prize would attract interest of €1.28m a year after tax in an account earning two per cent interest rate.
That breaks down to €105,000 a month, €24,160 a week, €3,450 a day, €143.83 and hour, or €2.40 a minute and four cent a second.
Bonkers.ie spokesman Simon Moynihan said: “Believe it or not, the biggest problem the winners will have is finding someon to take their money. Most banks have a limit on their deposits of €2m.”
A spokeswoman for the National Lottery declined to confirm exactly where the winning ticket was bought, or if the winner was an individual or a syndicate.
“The winner wishes to remain private for the moment, however we can confirm that the ticket was sold in the Dublin region,” the spokeswoman said. “Because it’s such a large jackpot, we’re not disclosing the location.”
Rumours on the whereabouts of the winner kicked into overdrive from early yesterday morning.
Staff at O’Reilly’s SuperValu store in Sallins, Co Kildare, initially thought they had sold the winning ticket after rumours circulated on Facebook.
However, the shop’s HR manager, Laura Maher, said they were quickly brought back down to earth after the National Lottery advised them they had not sold the ticket.
A lotto vendor can claim €25,000 for selling a winning Euromillions ticket.
“We’ve been lucky in the past and sold a Euromillions ticket that won €500,000 while a staff member here won €2,000 just last week in the draw,” Ms Maher said.