One lucky Lotto player in Castleisland, Co. Kerry received the perfect Christmas present on Christmas Eve after they scooped the €1 million Lotto Plus top prize in Wednesday night’s draw. This is the second big Lotto win in Co. Kerry in the space of five days after another online player in the Kingdom won the Lotto Plus 2 top prize of €250,000 in last Saturday’s (19th December) draw.
The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at Whyte’s Centra store in Castleisland and the National Lottery has urged all Lotto players in Castleisland to check their tickets to see if they are Ireland’s 32nd lottery millionaire of 2020.
This latest Lotto win in Kerry is the second big Lotto win in Castleisland this month after another Lotto player in the town won a Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €235,196 on Saturday 5th December. So far in 2020, there have been three National Lottery millionaires from Kerry which includes a €1 million Daily Million winner in Milltown and another Lotto jackpot winner of €9.7 million in Killarney.
Jim Healy who has been manager at Whyte’s Centra store for over seven years was overjoyed when he heard of his store’s Lotto luck. He said: “This is amazing news, it feels like we’ve won the Lotto ourselves! This is just fantastic for Castleisland and you can be sure that one family in the town will be having the Christmas of a lifetime. The store is situated in the centre of Castleisland town and almost 100% of our trade is local. Knowing that one of our customers is a millionaire because of a visit to our store is truly heartening, especially this close to Christmas.”
Offaly player narrowly misses out on €4 million jackpot – but wins €47,615 Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize
There was no winner of the €4,054,148 jackpot on offer but one player in Offaly came agonisingly close to winning the top prize. They won the Match 5 + Bonus prize of €47,615 with a Quick Pick ticket they purchased at Scully’s XL store in Daingean, Co. Offaly.
The winning Lotto Plus 1 numbers which are worth €1 million for one lucky Kerry player are: 04, 20, 21, 33, 37, 43 and the Bonus was 06.
The winning Lotto numbers in the main draw are: 22, 30, 33, 39, 40, 45 and the Bonus was: 38.
A National Lottery spokesperson said, “Last night’s Lotto draws have given two lucky players in Kerry and Offaly the perfect start to the Christmas festivities. We are asking all of our players to check their tickets very carefully. If you are one of these big winners, we ask that that you sign the back of the ticket, keep it in a very safe place and contact our prize claims team on 1800 666 222 or email email@example.com, and we will make arrangements for you to claim your prize.”
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage, and the Irish Language. In total more than €5.8 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 33 years ago. In 2019 alone, €252 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.