Sunday 23 October 2016

The smile that says 'we sold lottery ticket that won €66m'

Store assistant Sonya Cullen at the Eason store in Carlow, which sold the winning ticket
Store assistant Sonya Cullen at the Eason store in Carlow, which sold the winning ticket

We know the shop that sold the winning €66m ticket but we are still in the dark as to who won the EuroMillions jackpot.

The ticket was sold in the Eason store, Fairgreen Shopping Centre in Carlow, and its co-owner Eoin Hennigan said that he has been receiving lots of congratulations from customers since the news broke.

The lucky ticket was sold on January 27, and a syndicate of friends, who have remained anonymous, claimed the prize at the National Lottery offices in Dublin on Thursday.

The total jackpot was a staggering €132m, but the Irish winners shared the jackpot with a French winning ticket.

Mr Hennigan (41) said that everybody is hoping that local people won the massive prize.

"I am absolutely hoping it's a local. It would be a great boost to the economy, and it's good for the area, and it's good for the shopping centre," he said.

"The winners obviously want to remain anonymous, and we have to respect that.

"We can't even speculate. So many people bought EuroMillions tickets around this time, because it was such a big jackpot.

"We have never sold a jackpot ticket before. We are open just over four years, and we had been hoping for it, so we are happy," he added

Not surprisingly, the sizeable win generated a lot of excitement and good wishes around the local area for the unknown beneficiaries.


"It would be a great uplift for anyone to get it," said Jean Bohanna from Carlow.

Martina Walsh from Bunclody in Wexford said that she was delighted that a syndicate had won the money, and would share the windfall.

"It is such a large amount of money, it is great that it is not going to just one winner," she said.

Her daughter Sharon, who was shopping with her voiced similar sentiments. "It will help so many families," she said.

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