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Shopkeepers amazed after selling €93m winning lottery ticket

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 08/07/2013 | 10:38

Shopkeepers in Beaumont were in the money after they were confirmed as the retailers behind the winning €93.9m Euromillions ticket.

Champagne corks were popping today at the Mace store on Shantalla Road as staff came in on their day off to join in the celebrations.

Shop owner Susan Barry (42) said that she was amazed and delighted that their shop was the lucky venue.

“I was completely surprised when two lovely men from the Lotto came into the shop at 8am today and sat me down and told me,” said shop owner.

Susan received €25,000 as the seller of the jackpot ticket.

And she says she is planning a party for all the staff.

Seller of the recent EuroMillion Winner Ticket MACE Beaumont with Owner Susan Barry  and Manager Jan Quinn and staff Yvonne Kelly ,Mark Kelly and Jackie Flood
Seller of the recent EuroMillion Winner Ticket MACE Beaumont with Owner Susan Barry and Manager Jan Quinn and staff Yvonne Kelly ,Mark Kelly and Jackie Flood
Seller of the recent EuroMillion Winner Ticket MACE Beaumont with Owner Susan Barry (left) and Manager Jan Quinn (right)
Seller of the recent EuroMillion Winner Ticket MACE Beaumont with owner Susan Barry and Manager Jan Quinn and staff Yvonne Kelly, Mark Kelly and Jackie Flood

“A couple of people had come into the shop after the win saying that the ticket was sold here but we dismissed them as rumours,” Susan said.

“We had no idea. But it's a welcome surprise today.”

The Mace shop on Shantalle Road was opened six years ago but this is the most significant win to date.

“It's our first big win ever the most we sold before was a scratch card with a prize of a couple of thousand euro,” she said.

“We are hoping it was a local person.

I suppose I'll be looking at the customers and trying to see who has disappeared.

“Of course a lot of people come into the shop from the hospital and we do a good passing trade,” she added.

“There's a great buzz in the shop today.”

However, the winner of the jaw-dropping total has opted to remain anonymous.

The lucky individual, who becomes the 96th richest person in Ireland, is believed to be from Dublin, but this has not been confirmed.

The winner said when they collected their cheque from Lotto HQ that they were “absolutely thrilled”.

“Dreams do come true. The news is still sinking in, so for the moment I'd like to keep the win private,” they said.

“I'm looking forward to thinking about all the opportunities that are now open to me. It's a really exciting time.”

Shop manager Jan Quinn (53) said: “We’re absolutely and totally delighted. We were waiting for six years to have a winner and we certainly did it in style. There were rumours about the ticket being sold in Kildare.”

She said there were five former jackpot winners living in the area but this win was an absolute fortune.

And staff member Jackie Flood (59) said: “I just hope it was someone who really needed money. No one had a clue about it.”

Customer Eileen Doherty, in her seventies, said she was delighted and hooped it was a local win.

The winning ticket was sold on the day of the draw on June 25 when the winner spent €6 on a ticket - the jackpot had been rolling since June 7.

Since EuroMillions launched in 2004, there have been four jackpot wins in the Ireland - and all of the wins took place in either June or July.

Limerick mum Dolores McNamara holds the record for the largest ever win, which came in at over €115m in 2005.

In July 2008, a €15m winning ticket was sold in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, while a €29.4m jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Dublin in June 2009.

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