Sunday 25 June 2017

Lucky store which sold winning €88m EuroMillions ticket runs out of celebratory 88.5c fuel stocks

  • Golden ticket sold at Applegreen station
  • Filling station reduces price of petrol and diesel in celebration
  • Third biggest ever Euromillions win in Ireland
  • Now believed to be a single winner

Ernesta Sukyte, assistant manager of the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
Ernesta Sukyte, assistant manager of the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
Staff members, Severina Balanuta, Ernesta Sukyte, and Elena Panuta, from the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
The Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw, they have reduced their petrol and diesel prices to 88.5 cent. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
People queue for fuel at the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw, they have reduced their petrol and diesel prices to 88.5 cent. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
Staff members, Severina Balanuta, Ernesta Sukyte, Laura McKittrick and Elena Panuta, from the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
Staff members, Severina Balanuta, left, and Ernesta Sukyte, right, assistant manager of the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
Severina Balanuta, left, and Ernesta Sukyte, right, assistant manager of the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
Ernesta Sukyte, assistant manager of the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
Ernesta Sukyte, assistant manager of the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
Photo: PA

Amy Molloy and Conor Feehan

The National Lottery has confirmed to Independent.ie that the golden Euromillions ticket was sold in Applegreen station on the M1 in Lusk, Dublin.

After two days of fierce speculation, it was revealed last night that the winning ticket was sold in the capital - not in Cork.

The exact prize was €88,587,275.

And, although the country had hopes for public celebrations from a syndicate, it seems the golden ticket might be in the possession of just one person. Newstalk's Paul Williams reported this morning that the winning ticket cost just €5.

National Lottery Chief Executive Dermot Griffin said: "We are delighted to see another EuroMillions jackpot win in Ireland. 

"EuroMillions continues to capture the imagination of our players and you never know, we could have another lucky jackpot winner tonight, with a guaranteed jackpot of €17m".

Staff members, Severina Balanuta, Ernesta Sukyte, and Elena Panuta, from the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
Staff members, Severina Balanuta, Ernesta Sukyte, and Elena Panuta, from the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017

Lottery bosses added: "The lucky ticket holders have made contact with the National Lottery following their win to make arrangements to collect their prize money."

Fuel

Everybody turned out to be a winner in the end when Applegreen dropped their petrol and diesel prices to 88.5c a litre in celebration of selling the winning ticket.

“It will be for as long as stocks last,” smiled site director Michael Feeney this morning.

Staff members, Severina Balanuta, left, and Ernesta Sukyte, right, assistant manager of the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
Staff members, Severina Balanuta, left, and Ernesta Sukyte, right, assistant manager of the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
The machine that sold the winning lottery ticket

However, the chaos ensued and the stocks lasted a mere few hours with Applegreen announcing before noon that the fuel stocks were gone.

"Brilliant buzz here Applegreen Lusk North MSA with National Lottery!!! Unfortunately we are NOW out of stock of our 88.5c fuel,hope u all enjoyed the flashback pricing as much as we did!![sic]," they wrote online.

People queue for fuel at the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw, they have reduced their petrol and diesel prices to 88.5 cent. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
People queue for fuel at the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw, they have reduced their petrol and diesel prices to 88.5 cent. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017

Mr Feeney said they got wind of the win last night but had to hold off until this morning before announcing the news.

“There is great excitement and we are delighted to be the ones who sold the ticket,” he added.

The Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw, they have reduced their petrol and diesel prices to 88.5 cent. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
The Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw, they have reduced their petrol and diesel prices to 88.5 cent. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017

“We get a lot of local trade but because we’re on a national motorway the winner could be anybody. We don't know how much was spent on the ticket so we don't know if it was a syndicate, and we don't know when it was sold either,” Michael explained.

Chief operations officer with National Lottery, Joe Barrett, was also keeping quiet about when the ticket was sold and how much was spent on it.

Ernesta Sukyte, assistant manager of the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017
Ernesta Sukyte, assistant manager of the Lusk Applegreen station that sold the winning 88.5m ticket in the Euromillions draw. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 27/1/2017

Pressed on the rumour that it was a €5 spend and probably a single winner, he said there are always rumours.

“There was people saying the winner was sold in Cork, and then in Clondalkin. You can never trust rumours,” he said with a smile.

The champagne was flowing and the National Lottery branding was turned up to the hilt in the Applegreen shop as excited staff passed for photographs and television cameras at the winning lottery machine that issued the €88.5m ticket.

“This is the third biggest Euromillions jackpot win in Ireland, and it is also the third jackpot won in Ireland in the space of a year. We had one in January last year, one in July, and now this one,” said National Lottery spokesman Michael Hayes.

“The winners have made contact and are now reflecting on whether they want to go public or not, so we are giving them the time to decide and letting them adapt to this life-changing news,” he added.

Mr Hayes said that the draw that supplied the €88.5m jackpot had also provided 60,000 other Irish players with smaller amounts in prizes.

“An important thing to stress is that draw alone has generated €3.7m in funding for good causes that we will pass on to the government to help distribute,” he explained.

It will be next Wednesday before the winner can get their hands on the prize, as the eight other countries where the game is played have to transfer the funds.

Some locals are having fun with the news and actor Simon Delaney tweeted. "Yes I live in Lusk. Yes I buy my petrol in that station. And yes I have bought lotto tickets there. You work out the rest. #wheresmyswimsuit"

The winner has 90 days in total to claim and collect the prize.

This is the third biggest ever Euromillions win in Ireland and the third Euromillions jackpot win of the last twelve months.

Ireland has a good record of EuroMillions jackpot winners.

The country's biggest winner was Dolores McNamara, who scooped €115m in 2005, while other cheques have been written in recent years for €94m for someone who bought a ticket in north Dublin, €8m for a syndicate for a ticket bought in Ballybrack, Dublin, and a group of friends who won €66m.

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