Monday 26 September 2016

Celebrations as shopkeeper sells brother-in-law €6m lottery ticket

Cormac Fitzgerald

Published 03/08/2015 | 09:47

Staff at Murphys in Ballinrobe where the €6m lottery ticket was sold. From left to right, Rosie O'Connor, Martin Murphy, owner, and Dolce McTigue celebrate outside their shop.
Staff at Murphys in Ballinrobe where the €6m lottery ticket was sold. From left to right, Rosie O'Connor, Martin Murphy, owner, and Dolce McTigue celebrate outside their shop.

One lucky winner has scooped the €6m prize in this week's Lottery draw, after he bought the ticket in his brother-in-law’s shop.

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Gerard Murphy has been named locally as the winner, having bought the ticket on Saturday from Murphy’s Newsagents, in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.

The shop is owned by his brother-in-law Martin who is delighted with the double celebration.

"We’re very excited - I’m delighted for him,” Martin told Independent.ie.

“It’s amazing and we were very shocked. It’s double excitement to have sold the ticket as well,” he said.

Gerard will cash in the ticket in the coming days, Martin said.

This is the second winning Lotto ticket to be sold for Murphy’s newsagents. In 1989 another lucky punter picked up £150,000 after buying a ticket there.

“It was a good omen back then and I hope it’s a better omen for this year,” said Martin.

Last May another local bought a ticket at Murphy’s and scooped €350,000 after their numbers came up in the Euromillions draw.

The winning numbers were 3, 7, 11, 33, 37 and 42 and the bonus number was 39.

The winning ticket played three lines and Martin said that his brother-in-law always picked his numbers.

“He’s been playing the same numbers since the competition began,” he said.

The total prize money was €6,384,673.

Martin admits: "It's been a very lucky shop."

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