A grocery convenience shop in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, has emerged as the seller of last Friday’s spectacular winning €29 million EuroMillions Jackpot ticket.
The Garryduff XL Store, of Pound Road, Castlebar, sold the magic Quick Pick ticket which scooped a lucky player a life-changing windfall.
The ecstatic owner of the stor, Umesh Kumar, said today he could not believe it when he was contacted by the National Lottery to say he had sold the golden ticket:
“We had no idea at all. We are all thrilled here at the news. It is a great boost for the area and we are delighted for the winner whoever it is. It will take a while for this to sink in.”
Mr Kumar is originally from near New Delhi in India and he moved to Ireland in 2006 to study an MBA in Dublin. He is married to Rosalie and they have a two-year-old son Arjun. He employs four staff in his store.
“I love it here and business has been going well since I took over the shop in 2015. This win will put us on the map.”
Incredibly this is the second EuroMillions Jackpot win for Castlebar, and the 11th EuroMillions Jackpot win in Ireland since it began in 2004. It brings the total Irish EuroMillions winnings to date to over €1 billion.
In April 2014, a jackpot prize worth a massive €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Staunton's Costcutter Express in Castlebar. On that occasion, the winner did not go public.
The National Lottery has confirmed it was contacted by the winner of last Friday’s €29 million EuroMillions jackpot yesterday, but it is not known yet when the new multimillionaire will come to the National Lottery headquarters to claim the prize.
Organisations in Mayo that have benefitted from the National Lottery's Good Causes Fund include the North West Therapy Centre, which offers support and respite for MS patients in Mayo and the West.
Every week in Ireland around 100,000 players win a cash prize on EuroMillions.
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