A prankster friend of Slane publican, Brian Kelly, was the source of the mistaken rumour that the popular vintner and charity fund-raiser was the mystery winner of Wednesday night’s €6,496,218 National Lottery jackpot.
He ruefully admits he wasn’t the winner, despite finding himself inundated with congratulatory calls and texts and having tabloid newspapers camping on his doorstep!
“It all started with a friend of mine who decided to congratulate me on Facebook for being the winner. He posted it yesterday morning. It was a bit of a joke at first and I even played along for a while, but it just escalated. It sky rocketed! My phone never stopped ringing all day,” he said.
“Unfortunately, there is no truth in it. It was just a bit of craic!
“As far as I know the winner hasn’t come forward yet, but as I do a lot of fund raising for the suicide charity SOSAD, I’d be delighted if he or she wanted to make a donation this worthy cause, when they collect their winnings,” he said.
There is intense speculation in Slane as to who the winner might be, as the winning ticket was sold by Peter Fleming, who runs Mimnagh’s shop, with his wife Irene Mimnagh Fleming.