Revealed: The Euromillions-lucky shop that sold €29m ticket to Ireland's newest millionaire
'I have never seen the excitement since Mayo won their last All Ireland in 1952' - Former Lord Mayor of Castlebar
The Euromillions-lucky shop that sold the €29m ticket has been revealed as a local store in Castlebar, Co Mayo.
The shop is called Garryduff Stores on Pound Road, Castlebar.
The owner told RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland this morning; "It is such great news since last night when the Lotto people rang - I still cannot get over it. It's amazing news, it means a lot to me.
"It gives the shop a great boost," Umesh Kumar said.
"It is just a local store in a big housing estate so e have most of our customers are just locals.
"So it will be a great boost and it means a lot to me, it will be a big advertisement for the shop and hopefully it will bring more business to the shop.
"It is just unreal, I can't get my head around it. It is such a big amount and a big congratulations to whoever won it.
"I was away for the weekend and I came back, I thought it was a prank and I got the call and I thought, this is happening for real."
He joked he had not seen anybody "acting differently" in recent days but is delighted for the winner.
Umesh is originally from India and came to Ireland in 2011. He studied an MBA in Dublin and he began to work with Eircom and a hotel, before he became a store manager in the shop. He bought the Castlebar shop in 2013.
"Now I have more reasons to stay," he laughed.
Pauline Brinklow, who works in the shop gave her opinion on who might have won the lucky tickets.
"I'm pretty sure it's someone local, it's all local people who come in here, I know them all" she told Independent.ie.
"Best of health to who ever it is."
Johny Me, the former six time Lord Mayor of Castlebar was delighted to hear the news that the winning ticket was sold in Castlebar.
"It's wonderful for Castlebar.
"We don't get that much good news around here with people losing jobs and that.
"Congratulations to the winner, it's great for them and I hope it improves their lifestyle"
A National Lottery spokesman said: "We want to give the winner time and space to make arrangements and to let the news sink in."
Johnny Mee, the former six time Lord Mayor of Castlebar was delighted to hear the news that the winning ticket was sold in the shop next to his home.
"It's wonderful for Castlebar.
"Its my belief it's a local person.
"I have never seen the excitement since Mayo won their last All Ireland in 1952, there was signing and dancing and champaign all over the place.”
Speaking about the fact that this is the second Euro-millions winning ticket sold in Castlebar since 2014, Johny believes that Castlebar might be a “lucky town".
"I think it’s a very lucky town, I encourage anyone who’s buying ticket to buy them in Castlebar".
Local Councillor Michael Kilcoyne said he is over the moon for the mystery millionaire.
He told Independent.ie that the shop is off the main thoroughfare and serves some local residential areas and that “there’s a good chance the winner is a local.”
He added: “Everybody’s delighted. It’d be nice if it’s a syndicate so it can be spread among a few people, but whoever it is I wish them the health to enjoy it.”
Cllr Cyril Burke also said he is thrilled for the punter and admits he doesn't know how we spend the life-changing amount.
He said: “You wouldn’t know what to do with it. You’d want to be careful. I’d repay a few loans anyway!”
The winner will be able to collect the massive sum from tomorrow evening.
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They have 90 days to collect their winnings, and the spokesman explained that the money first has to be collected from the other countries involved in the lottery.
It is Ireland's 11th EuroMillions jackpot winner and second in 2017, with a Dublin work syndicate scooping €88.5m in January.
The latest win brings to over €1bn the total amount in Irish EuroMillions wins since the game was launched in 2004.
The winning numbers were 11, 20, 35, 37 and 45 and the bonus numbers 3 and 6. The jackpot amount was €28,975,630.
The biggest win in Irish history was that of Limerick woman Dolores McNamara who picked up a cheque for more than €115m in 2005.
Her win made her the 58th richest person in the country overnight.
Meanwhile, a Meath man who decided to buy a Lotto ticket to cheer himself up after being turned down for a job ended up scooping €415,000.
The man, in his early 30s, said he felt deflated after failing to clinch the job after getting through two gruelling rounds at interview.
His luck changed when he matched five numbers plus bonus on the Lotto draw on Saturday, bagging himself a fortune.
Sitting in the National Lottery winner's room yesterday with his partner, he said: "I am still pinching myself after finding out.
"I couldn't wait to get into National Lottery HQ with my ticket as I was afraid I was going to lose it.
"Yes, I was fairly disappointed at not getting the job, as I thought the two stages of the interview, although tough, went really well. But you can rest assured, it's a distant memory now."