Eason in Thurles Shopping Centre in Co. Tipperary may well be the luckiest shop in Ireland after selling last night’s mega €17 million EuroMillions jackpot ticket - just eight months after selling a €7.5 million Lotto winner!
The National Lottery confirmed today that the winning EuroMillions Quick Pick ticket was sold in Eason - and that contact has been made from a syndicate following the mega win.
An ecstatic owner of Eason in Thurles, Tom O’Toole, said: “We are in shock! We can’t quite believe that we have sold two massive jackpot winning tickets in quick succession. We are only recovering after selling a €7.5 million Lotto jackpot-winning ticket last October. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine we would be selling a €17 million EuroMillions ticket so soon after.”
“We have had a lot of people buying lottery tickets since our win in October. And we also saw an increase in Scratch Card sales of around 20 per cent. After this we may be known as the luckiest shop in Ireland. It is fantastic for Thurles and we wish the winners all the best of luck with this massive win.”
Thurles has had several other big National Lottery wins in recent months including:
- April 2018: A syndicate collected a cheque for a whopping €250,000 after winning the Lotto Plus 2 top prize on a ticket sold at the Centra Store in Stadavoher, Thurles.
- March 2018: A scratch card paying out €500,000 was sold at Sheedy's Centra Store
- December 2017: McKevitts Costcutters Store on Friars Street, Thurles, sold a €500,000 Lotto Plus 1 winning ticket
- Also in December 2017 there were also two separate scratch card wins of €250,000 and €100,000 bought in shops in Thurles.
A National Lottery spokesperson confirmed that contact has been made from a syndicate in relation to the big EuroMillions win this morning. “We are in the process of verifying the ticket and until then we cannot confirm the win. But there is massive excitement and we are thrilled that Ireland has had its first EuroMillions jackpot win of 2018.”
This is the 13th Irish win EuroMillions Jackpot win since the game was launched in 2004. Here is a roll call of Ireland’s lucky 13 so far:
- July 2005: Dolores McNamara from Limerick, was Ireland’s first and biggest EuroMillions winner scooping over €115 million.
- July 2008: A lucky ticket bought in Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary won a player €15 million jackpot.
- June 2009: A family syndicate shared the jackpot with a British winner, taking home over €29.4 million.
- June 2013: A winning ticket sold in Beaumount, Dublin, shared a jackpot worth more than €93 million.
- September 2013: A young man from the South East shared a jackpot of over €25 million with a player in Spain, taking home over €12.8 million.
- April 2014: A jackpot prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
- September 2014: An €86.7 million jackpot was won by a syndicate from Dublin (private). The ticket was sold in Centra, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin.
- January 2016: A syndicate of friends won over €66 million, splitting the jackpot of €132,376,632. The ticket was sold in Eason’s store, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow.
- July 2016: 22 colleagues from Dublin Bus won the €23.8 million. The ticket was sold in O’Hanlon’s Portarlington.
- January 2017: A Dublin work syndicate claimed the €88.5 million EuroMillions jackpot. The winning ticket was sold at the Applegreen Service Station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co. Dublin.
- July 2017: A syndicate from the West of Ireland won a €29 million EuroMillions jackpot. The ticket was sold in Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road, Castlebar in Co. Mayo.
- December 2017: A small family syndicate from Dublin won €38.9 million on a ticket purchased in The Village Shop in Malahide Shopping Centre
- June 2018: Eason’s in Thurles sold a winning EuroMillions Jackpot ticket worth €17 million
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, community, arts, heritage and the Irish language. In total more than €5 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 30 years ago. In 2017 alone, the National Lottery raised over €226 million for such good causes.
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