Lucky shop owner celebrates third lottery millionaire
A shop owner who sold his third lotto jackpot ticket is planning a special party for his staff.
Shaun Boyce, who owns the Centra store in Carrigart, Co. Donegal, sold one of two winning tickets in the €4.5m jackpot draw at the weekend.
The other jackpot ticket was bought in Hannah Mary's Country Store near Killorglin, Co. Kerry.
The shared prize left the two lucky winners with €2,266,323 each.
The retailers split a €10,000 National Lottery prize for selling the winning tickets, with Shaun planning a staff night out with his share.
"We have our own staff syndicate, but alas it wasn't us," said Shaun.
"We do get €5,000 for selling the winning ticket so we'll all go out next week for a good night out to celebrate another winner for the shop.
"We sold a jackpot 12 years ago and we sold a ticket which was shared among three prize winners six years ago.
"So this is our third big winner here in Carrigart. We never did find out who won back then and we're not sure who the winner is this time around, but we are all very happy for whoever it is.
"It's a nice sum of money to get. It's life-changing without being too big and we want to wish the winner all the best. We're chuffed to have sold another winner."
It was a first, however, for Jerome Griffin, who runs his shop 4kms outside Killorglin.
"We took over the shop 18 months ago, so to get our first lottery millionaire is just brilliant," said Jerome.
"We can be almost certain the winner is from the local area."