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Sunday 24 September 2017

Lucky Lusk strikes again with €2.4m lottery win

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It's said you have as much chance of winning the Lotto as you do of being hit by a bolt from the blue.

But for one lucky north Dublin town, lightning has indeed struck twice.

A shop in Lusk was confirmed yesterday as the seller of the ticket that has made Ireland's newest Lotto millionaire - nine months after a massive Euro- Millions jackpot was also won in the area.

Lotto HQ confirmed Applegreen Round Tower Service Station in Corduff sold the ticket that scooped the €2.4m jackpot in Wednesday's Lotto.

The Quick Pick was sold on the day of the draw. The winning numbers were 7, 19, 20, 32, 34 and 43 and the bonus number was 45.

Assistant manager Marius Vaitiekus told the Herald he had no idea they had sold the ticket until National Lottery staff turned up with balloons.

"An agent usually comes in every day, so I thought it was just that, but then I saw they had balloons," he said.

"He asked if I knew we had sold the winning ticket and I said no, but he showed the print-out confirming it and I said that was great."

Mr Vaitiekus was working on the day the ticket was sold, along with a colleague, meaning he could have handed Ireland's newest millionaire the winning numbers.

"Hopefully, it could have been me," he said. "People are coming in asking do we know who won, but we have no idea. They probably don't know themselves yet."

Mr Vaitiekus said that during the week it was usually locals who come into the shop, and added that he wants it to be someone deserving who scooped the jackpot.

Liz Murray, who works in her family's bar, Murray's Lounge, in Lusk, said she would be keeping an eye out for the winner.

"Congratulations to whoever won. Nobody has mentioned it yet, I'm flabbergasted," she said.

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Last January, another Applegreen store in the town - on the M1 northbound - sold the ticket that scooped an €88.5m EuroMillions jackpot.

It was won by a syndicate, the members of which decided to remain anonymous.

However, it wasn't just one Dub who struck it rich on the Lotto two days ago, as a ticket sold at Griffin's Londis shop on Upper O'Connell Street scooped the Lotto Plus 1 prize of €500,000.

The numbers were 7, 17, 23, 34, 45, 46 and the bonus was 37.

A Lotto spokesperson said no one had come forward to claim the prizes yet and punters have been urged to check their tickets.

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