Saturday 3 December 2016

Lotto winner turns €20 wager into €8m fortune

Greg Harkin

Published 07/03/2016 | 02:30

Eva Marie, Ahmed, and one-year-old baby Theodore Stewart with Matt and Alan Lyons celebrating outside their family shop in Sligo, where the €8.2 m winning Lotto ticket was sold. Photo: James Connolly
Eva Marie, Ahmed, and one-year-old baby Theodore Stewart with Matt and Alan Lyons celebrating outside their family shop in Sligo, where the €8.2 m winning Lotto ticket was sold. Photo: James Connolly

The massive weekend jackpot was won by someone who wagered €20 in a bid to land the massive €8.2m prize, the shopkeeper who sold the ticket has said.

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Matt Lyons is no stranger to making dreams come true.

He sold a €4m winning ticket at his shop in Stephen Street in Sligo back in 2009.

"We have regular customers and some of them would up the ante a bit when the prize money becomes substantial and they would go with €20 worth of lines, adding a couple of lines to their regular numbers," said Matt.

"So my bet is that it is someone local and someone from Sligo.

"However, the town was very busy on Saturday. There were a lot of hen parties in town, so there could be a winner from outside the area and they just haven't checked their ticket yet.

"My advice to anyone who was in my shop at all over the past few days would be to check those numbers because it could be any of them."

He says he is getting a reputation for having a 'lucky shop'.

"It was a huge thrill to sell a winning ticket six years ago, but it's even more special to see another one and for such a big jackpot too," said Matt, a former Mayor of Sligo.

"I know unfortunately that I didn't win it; that's for sure. I'd be in a much warmer climate by now," he laughed.

The winner of the €8,244,502 prize bought a €20 Normal Play ticket on Saturday. The winning numbers were 2, 8, 16, 24, 33, 42 and the bonus number was 47. Last month, a family in Belmullet, Co Mayo, won a €13m jackpot.

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