The Village of Slane in County Meath, Ireland, has been abuzz with speculation since the April 9, Irish Lotto drawing. Someone won the €6.5 million Jackpot with a ticket purchased from the village shop and the villagers have been waiting for the winner to come forward and claim their prize. The wait is over. The prize has been claimed. But the mystery goes on because the winner has opted to remain anonymous.
A lottery representative stated a woman from County Meath claimed the prize on Thursday morning and picked up her €6,496,219 check.
The woman admitted she learned of her win the morning after the draw when her daughter rang and told her the winning ticket had been purchased in Slane. The woman said she held the winning ticket in her hand as her daughter repeated the numbers into the phone, but the woman said she was so shocked to discover she'd won she went into denial and 'continued the conversation as normal'.
"For the rest of the day, I continued to work on as if nothing had happened," she told lottery officials. "There are certain routines every day and they have to be carried out, part and parcel of life, really."
The woman finally spilled the beans to her family later that evening and said they were 'totally delighted' with the good news.
The woman now intends to help out her family and is planning her first visit to America.