Friday 20 October 2017

€8.2m lottery winner picks up cheque

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Greg Harkin

The winner of an €8.2m lottery fortune finally picked up the winning cheque last night after a two-month legal stand-off.

The National Lottery said a "delighted Lotto player from the north-west collected the March 5 Lotto jackpot of €8,244,502 at Lottery Headquarters".

It follows a dispute over the ticket bought in Matt Lyons XL shop in Stephen Street in Sligo.

Yesterday was the 90-day deadline for a claim to be made.

The man who sold the winning ticket, a €20 normal play ticket, said he was "absolutely delighted" the dispute had been resolved.

"Sure there's no better way to start a sunny bank holiday weekend than with €8m in your back pocket," said Matt.

"I'm glad that someone has finally received the money and can go on and enjoy it.

"We are thrilled to bits for whoever it is."

It was the second time Matt has sold a jackpot ticket. In 2009, he sold a winning €4m Lotto ticket.

Last night there were queues outside his shop from punters hoping Lady Luck would strike thrice.

Irish Independent

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