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Thursday 17 April 2014

Mystery as lucky Lotto player wins €10.6m jackpot

THE Lotto’s €10.6m rollover jackpot was finally won last night with a ticket bought in the south of the country.

The huge bonanza will finally be claimed after the numbers 3, 8, 11, 23, 27 and 33, with the bonus number 36, came up for a lucky ticket holder.

The ticket was bought in Scanlan’s newsagent in Liberty Square, Thurles, Co Tipperary, just hours before the draw took place.

A Lotto spokeswoman said the winner has yet to come forward. The winning ticket was a €6 quick pick.

In the Lotto Plus 1 draw, there was no winner of the €350,000 top prize.

The numbers drawn were 4, 17, 19, 23, 25 and 29.

The main prize has been accumulating since Saturday, December 15 – the last time it was claimed.

Eager punters were spending more than €250,000 an hour in the peak buying time yesterday until the tills closed for the draw.

They were buying more than 1,000 tickets every minute and spent an average of €4.50 each on their chosen combinations.

The ticket was bought in Scanlan’s newsagent in Liberty Square Thurles, Co Tipperary, just hours before the draw took place.

The store owner, Vincent Scanlan, told the Evening Herald: “Five years ago a syndicate won €3m from a ticket we sold. I haven’t an idea who won this great prize though, they haven’t contacted us yet. Certainly lotto sales were very busy yesterday in the hours before the draw. The sales might have been twice the normal amount we would have on a Wednesday.

“I’m delighted for the lucky winner - I hope now they come forward and buy the shop,” he joked .

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