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Saturday 21 September 2019

'What a Lotto joy - We hope a local's won', says seller of €11m jackpot ticket

Ken O'Connor, owner of the Spar Service Station, celebrates with staff
Ken O'Connor, owner of the Spar Service Station, celebrates with staff

The owner of the Wicklow shop which sold the winning €11m Lotto jackpot ticket this week is hoping that one of its local customers has struck it very lucky.

The National Lottery yesterday revealed the shop where the lucky punter purchased the winning ticket.

Spar Service Station in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, sold the winning ticket to a fortunate customer who they still have yet to hear from.

"It could be anybody," owner Ken O'Connor told the Herald.

"If it was sold in the morning, it's most likely to be one of our local workers.

"We have a lot of workers from the area in here in the morning.

"And if it's in the afternoon, it's going to be a local - I'd be amazed if it wasn't a local.

"We do get some tourists, but 90pc of our business is local, so we're hoping.

"Fingers crossed it's one of our local Enniskerry customers.

"It's fantastic. They're going to start cracking open the champagne soon so listen, there's a great buzz."

The delighted shop owner added: "We heard the news yesterday that the winning ticket was sold in Wicklow. It's just fantastic.

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"The shop is absolutely buzzing this morning and I am just thrilled for our customers and of course our staff.

"Just last year, we sold another winning Lotto ticket worth €5.7m at another one of our stores in Rathfarnham in Dublin.

"We're definitely a lucky retailer for our customers.

"Whoever the winner is, we wish them every bit of luck enjoying this life-changing win," he added.

A National Lottery spokesperson confirmed that it was still waiting to hear from the lucky winner of the €11.2m jackpot.

"The National Lottery are still waiting to hear from the lucky ticket-holder of this truly incredible prize," they said.

"It is possible that the winner is still unaware that they may be in possession of the winning ticket, so we are encouraging anybody who has a ticket to check it carefully and to contact our prize claims team on 01 836 4444 and we will make arrangements for you to collect your prize."

The winning numbers were 10, 13, 23, 24, 25 and 44 with bonus number 12.

The life-changing sum is the biggest National Lottery jackpot in two years, and marks the 15th highest single Lotto jackpot ever in Ireland.

The bumper payout soared after the pot rolled over after Wednesday, June 12, increasing the full jackpot to €11,225,280.

There was also one winner of the Match 5 + bonus who will pocket €134,412.

A further 12 Match 5 winners will each take home €2,982.

The last Lotto jackpot was won by a Galway man, who claimed more than €4m on June 8.

The highest Lotto jackpot in the history of the National Lottery was €18.9m in Hegarty's, Staplestown, Co Carlow, in June 2008.

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