Shop that sold EuroMillions ticket worth €29m revealed
The National Lottery have revealed the shop that sold the EuroMillions ticket that scooped almost €29m in Friday night's draw.
Speaking on Morning Ireland National Lottery chiefs revealed that the lucky ticket - worth €28,975,630 - was sold in XL Garryduff Stores, Pound Road in Castlebar, Co Mayo.
The holder of the winning ticket that scooped Friday night's massive EuroMillions jackpot has been in touch with National Lottery HQ.
However, Lotto chiefs are keeping tight lipped about whether the huge windfall was won by an individual or a syndicate.
Two years ago a EuroMillions jackpot prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket also sold in Castlebar.
Friday's draw saw Ireland claim its 11th jackpot and you can find a full breakdown of all the winners right here.
The ecstatic owner of Garryduff XL Stores, 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.”
The National Lottery has confirmed it was contacted by the holder of last Friday’s €29 million EuroMillions jackpot yesterday, but it is not known yet when the new multimillionaire(s) will come to the National Lottery headquarters to claim the prize. They have 90 days to do so.
The contact came after a weekend of speculation as to who the winner of the life-changing amount is.
Confirming the name of the winning shop National Lottery Chief Executive, Dermot Griffin, said today: “This is very exciting news but it is important that the winner is given the time and space to make arrangements and to let the news sink in. This is an incredible amount of money to win, and we have advised the winner to get independent financial and legal advice. We are looking forward to handing over the winning cheque in our Winners Room in the next week or so. And we are delighted for Umesh and his staff who sold this ticket.”