Sunday 24 September 2017

Revealed: Last night's €6m winning Lotto ticket 'was an unusual one to be sold' - says shop owner

Locals celebrate at Argue's Londis Service Station, Cootehill

Jim Argue, owner of the service station that sold the winning ticket, celebrates the winning Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Jim Argue, owner of the service station that sold the winning ticket, celebrates the winning Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Pauline Ross, Cllr Carmel Brady, Margaret Argue and Kia McCann celebrate the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Jim Argue, owner of the service station that sold the winning ticket, with a copy of the winningl Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Jim Argue, owner of the service station that sold the winning ticket, celebrates the winning Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Jim Argue, owner of the service station that sold the winning ticket, celebrates the winning Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Jim Argue, owner of the service station that sold the winning ticket, celebrates the winning Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Jim Argue, owner of the service station that sold the winning ticket, celebrates the winning Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Jim Argue, owner of the service station that sold the winning ticket, celebrates the winning Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Jim Argue with a copy of the winning Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Cillian Sherlock

Ireland's latest multi-million euro winning Lotto ticket was "an unusual one to be sold", says the Co Cavan service station owner.

The €6m-winning golden ticket was sold at Argue's Londis Service Station, Cootehill in the north of the country, Independent.ie revealed this morning.

Jim Argue, the owner of the forecourt service station, said he discovered the good news at 10.30pm last night and it took a while for it to sink in.

"It took a while to sink in that we sold a ticket worth €6 million," he told Independent.ie.

Since opening up at 6am this morning, Jim said they have received a lot of well wishes locally.

"We're a forecourt service station and we get a lot of passing trade so we don't know if it was sold to someone locally or someone passing but best wishes to whoever won it," he said.

Jim Argue, owner of the service station that sold the winning ticket, with a copy of the winningl Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Jim Argue, owner of the service station that sold the winning ticket, with a copy of the winningl Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney

The winning ticket was a €20 4-draw multidraw ticket.

"It's an unusual winning ticket. We normally sell €5 quick-picks," he said.

Jim Argue, owner of the service station that sold the winning ticket, celebrates the winning Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Jim Argue, owner of the service station that sold the winning ticket, celebrates the winning Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney

"It's great for the locality and it's delight all round. The phone hasn't stopped ringing - everybody's checking their tickets."

Michelle Brady, who works in the shop, said she couldn't sleep after the news.

Jim Argue with a copy of the winning Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Jim Argue with a copy of the winning Lotto numbers which claimed the 6m Lotto win in Cootehill Co. Cavan. Picture; Gerry Mooney

"We all got the texts. I couldn't sleep after it. Hopefully it's someone we know," she said.

Jim's mother Margaret said it was a busy day for him and agreed with Michelle that hopefully the winner was known to them.

Local woman Liz Maxwell said she "wouldn't go mad" if she won.

"I wish I did win it, I have to pay the car tax!" she said.

"I'd buy a new car and a new house. I'd like to go travel as well."

Celebrations were had at the service station this morning with many locals coming to congratulate the Argue family and wish them well.

"A nicer person couldn't deserve it," said Pauline Ross.

While this is the Argue's first big ticket winner, there have been a few big wins in the area before.

"We've been very lucky," said Cllr Carmel Brady, "everybody's talking about it. It's a lot of bucks."

She said there is a 'great buzz' in the town.

"It's very exciting. Everybody is getting out of their car with a smile on their face and everybody is speculating 'It's not you?', she said.

"It will take some sitting down to think about it but it will be nice not having to worry about writing a cheque and having it bounce.

"Hopefully whoever won it can have the joy of sharing it with their family," she added.

Could it be you? Last night's winning numbers for the €6,409,326 Jackpot were 7, 16, 18, 20, 24, 37 and the bonus number was 13.

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