Ireland celebrated the 11th jackpot success in its history, and second of the year, in the draw on Friday 7th July, and more information has now emerged as fans of the game eagerly await news on the identity of the winner. The all-important ticket was a Quick Pick bought at the Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road in Castlebar, and has generated a huge amount of local excitement.
Umesh Kumar, owner of Garryduff XL Stores, said: “We had no idea at all. We are all thrilled here at the news. It is a great boost for the area and we are delighted for the winner whoever it is. It will take a while for this to sink in. “I love it here and business has been going well since I took over the shop in 2015. This win will put us on the map.”
Irish National Lottery chief executive Dermot Griffin told Newstalk Breakfast: “They have 90 days to come in and collect their prize, so they are taking a little bit of time to get their own professional advice and then they will come in and see us. The money has to be collected from the other EuroMillions countries, so it is going to take until Thursday for the money to be deposited in our bank account, and we can pay it out any time after that.”
Castlebar had already created one jackpot winner back in April 2014, when a EuroMillions prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Staunton’s Costcutter Express. The latest win will only boost the town further and inspire other players in the area as they dream of winning future jackpots.
EuroMillions will return on Tuesday night with a top prize of €17 million (estimated £14 million), and players across Europe will hope to follow in the footsteps of the Castlebar winner. You can enjoy the game by buying a ticket from any authorised retailer or choosing numbers online. Good luck!