Someone in Ireland won big on EuroMillions again last night
While the search continues for the holder of Friday's €29m ticket, another player scooped a tasty cash windfall in last night's draw.
Friday night's jackpot winner of a staggering €28,975,630, sold in Castlebar in Mayo, has yet to be revealed but last night's draw brought yet more good fortune to these shores.
While the €17m jackpot last night went to a player in Portugal, an Irish player was one of just two across Europe to match five numbers and a Lucky Star, scooping a very tasty €369,210 each.
The winning advance play Quick Pick ticket was sold on Friday July 7 at Foley’s Foodstore in Ballydaheen in Mallow Co. Cork.
Store owner of Foley’s Foodstore, Elaine Foley said, “We are absolutely delighted for our customers. We believe that it is a local work syndicate that won the huge prize and everybody in the town is chuffed for them and we wish them the best of luck. We are a small independent shop surrounded by big stores and we have been punching above our weight with big Lottery wins recently. A couple of weeks ago, we sold a winning Bingo Times 10 scratch card worth €50,000 so we’re proving to be a very lucky shop for our customers.”
The numbers drawn last night were 14, 22, 26, 42 and 50. The Lucky Stars were 8 and 10.
There was no winner of the EuroMillions Plus jackpot of €500,000.
The numbers drawn for it last night were 27, 30, 40, 44 and 45.
Meanwhile, customers were calling throughout the day to Umesh Kumar's shop on Pound Road in Castlebar yesterday after it emerged his Garryduff XL Stores sold the winning ticket in Friday night's draw.
"It's great, it's such an amazing experience," Mr Kumar, who gets €25,000 for selling the winning slip.
"You can't really get your head around it, that you sold a ticket worth €29m.
"I'm hoping to get more business now, and you never know, if we can sell one ticket we can sell another maybe.
"I'm nobody to advise the winner now because they are nearly €29m richer than me, but they might advise the whole world now where to buy your next EuroMillions ticket."
Mr Kumar, who came to Ireland from India in 2011 and lives with wife Rozalia Csemer and son Arjun in Castlebar, says he doesn't know who could have bought the winning ticket.
"You can't speculate, you never know who it could be," he said.
Johnny Mee, the former six-time mayor of Castlebar, lives across the road from Garryduff Stores, and says he hasn't seen this level of excitement since Mayo won Sam in 1951.
"It's wonderful for Castlebar - and it's my belief it's a local person. I have never seen the excitement since Mayo won their last All Ireland, there was singing and dancing and champagne all over the place."
Mr Mee reckons Castlebar is the best town in which to buy a EuroMillions ticket - in 2014 it hit the headlines after a ticket for €14m was sold there.
"I think it's a very lucky town, I encourage anyone who's buying tickets to buy them in Castlebar," he said.
The winner, or winners, have made contact with the National Lottery and have 90 days to collect their winnings .