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May-Dough Hunt is on in Castlebar for Mayo's €19m jackpot winner

The winner of Ireland's latest and largest-ever Lotto jackpot may not yet realise they are a multi-millionaire

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Alan Mulroy manager of Mulroy’s Londis shop, Castlebar, which sold a winning EuroMillions ticket in 2020, hopes there is another lucky win for one of his customers

Alan Mulroy manager of Mulroy’s Londis shop, Castlebar, which sold a winning EuroMillions ticket in 2020, hopes there is another lucky win for one of his customers

Alan Mulroy manager of Mulroy’s Londis shop, Castlebar, which sold a winning EuroMillions ticket in 2020, hopes there is another lucky win for one of his customers

The winner of Ireland's latest and largest-ever Lotto jackpot may not yet realise they are a multi-millionaire.

The winning ticket holder has yet to contact Lotto HQ, who are urging all players in Castlebar to check their tickets.

Castlebar's status as the "luckiest town in Europe" reigns supreme following the announcement the 62-game rollover jackpot was won there on Saturday night.

The €19.06m ticket was sold somewhere in the town, but Lotto HQ remain tight-lipped.

Meanwhile, speculation and rumour are running rife.

Over the past decade, between EuroMillions and Lotto jackpots, €80m has been won in the town.

In February 2020, a €17m EuroMillions jackpot winner was sold in Mulroy's Service Station on the Moneen roundabout.

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Betty McNulty and May Hennan

Betty McNulty and May Hennan

Betty McNulty and May Hennan

Owner Alan Mulroy is quietly confident the shop could have sold Saturday's winner but says either way, it is great news for the town.

"Saturday was the busiest day for Lotto we ever had, and we're here 28 years," he said.

"I have never had a day like it with the lottery. It was really massive.

"From nine o'clock in the morning until 7pm, we never stopped. We had five tills going all the time.

"I had to jump on the door for a few hours to ensure the shop wouldn't get overcrowded and to manage the flow of people.

"We sold a lot of quick picks, and people were spending more than they usually would. And look, it paid off for someone."

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Mr Mulroy says their win back in 2020 was life-changing for the business.

"The last few days bring you back again to two years ago. The win really meant an awful lot to the business.

"It was massive, we were up 20pc at least in the shop in the weeks afterwards, and we maintained it.

"And we really enjoyed the buzz around the place for the next weeks before Covid hit.

"One of the great things about Saturday was there was not a word about Covid.

"No one has mentioned it since either, which is healthy for the staff because they are talking about it constantly because the customers are talking about it.

"It has been very tiring and draining for them, so I hope they get a lift out of this.

He added: "We're a busy shop, so there's a good chance it could be us. There is Casey's and Corrib Oil further up the town, too, so we're all waiting to see if our phones ring.

"I don't think it was one of the bigger ones, the likes of Lidl or Aldi or Tesco.

"For it to be won in any shop in Castlebar is great for the town. And I wish whatever shop it is the best of luck and that they enjoy the win.

"I hope it's someone local again. It's a lot of money, but you know you'd find a way to spend it too. It wouldn't take too long if you really tried."

Friends May Heenan and Betty McNulty came into town to soak up the excitement and see if they knew the winner.

Ms Heenan (87) from Castlebar said if she won, she would "give every penny" to her family.

"I'm not a gambler myself, but if I did win, the first I would do is look after my family.

"I have six children, 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. I would divide it among them all - every penny of it."

Ms McNulty bought a ticket but only managed to match one number.

"If I won, I think I'd be in bed with the shock. I hope it's a syndicate that won it; it's too much for one person.

"It would be great if a win like that could help young people with mortgages."

Leo Doherty, owner of Doherty For Men on the Main Street in Castlebar, wished the winner good luck but offered a word of caution.

"I hope it brings the winner good luck because unless you can handle money, that amount could derail your life."

He added: "There is no curse in Mayo now; all the luck is flowing our way."

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