Sunday 25 June 2017

Is it you? Lucky Lotto winner scoops prize of €10.65m with a golden Easter ticket

Staff at Souhan’s in Trim, Co Meath, celebrate selling the winning €10m quick pick Lotto ticket
Staff at Souhan’s in Trim, Co Meath, celebrate selling the winning €10m quick pick Lotto ticket
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

A small family-run business was celebrating after learning they sold the lucky winning ticket which claimed the €10.65m Lotto jackpot.

The €4 quick pick ticket was purchased in Souhan's Filling Station in Trim, Co Meath.

The Souhan family said the town is now rife with rumours over the identity of the country's latest multi-millionaire, who has so far remained anonymous.

Darren Souhan, who runs the store alongside a garage with his brother John, sister Nicola and mother Ena, said they received a phonecall from the National Lottery on Saturday night informing them that the winning ticket had been purchased in their shop that day.

"We would be a very busy filling station. We are in the town so we would literally have no idea who it is because there would be so many people in and out all day," the 41-year-old said.

This is the first time a jackpot winning ticket has been sold in their store since they first opened in 1997, but they have had some success with customers appearing on TV gameshows.

Darren said their father sadly passed away last November, but mused that perhaps he is behind their recent "bit of luck".

It is understood that they may now collect a cheque of €15,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Saturday's jackpot was the biggest so far this year and Wednesday's mid-week draw is set to be worth at least €2m.

The last winner to claim the jackpot prize was in Co Kildare in February when they won €10.2m. That lucky punter won the Lotto draw which had been postponed for the first time in the game's 27-year history.

The National Lottery terminals have been plighted with technical issues in recent times. The National Lottery licence was sold last year to the consortium Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), who became the lottery's first private owners.

Irish Independent

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