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Saturday 23 September 2017

'We're absolutely buzzing' - Lucky Irish hit EuroMillions for another win

Limerick winners pop the champagne corks

David Raleigh

Ireland has struck lucky again in the European lottery.

Champagne bottles are being popped in Limerick at a shop where Friday night's EuroMillions Plus ticket, worth €500,000, was sold.

The winning ticket was sold at Gleeson's Spar, in Henry Street.

"We got the phone call last night from lotto headquarters and the lady said we sold the half a million winning EuroMillions Plus draw. We're thrilled," said the shop's proprietor Michael Gleeson.

It is unclear whether the ticket was sold to a syndicate or a single person.

Mr Gleeson added: "We're absolutely buzzing. It's our third big lotto win.

"We've now had two EuroMillions wins and a National Lottery win since we opened in 2004.

"One was another Euro Millions Plus for around €467,000, and we sold a National Lottery ticket a good few years ago that was worth over a million euro."

Last Friday week, Mr Gleeson's brother Shane, who runs a sister Spar store on Catherine Street, sold a €5 Bingo Times 10 scratch card that landed the buyer €50,000.

The family employs nearly 100 people at its five Spar stores, at Henry Street; Catherine Street; Castletroy Retail Park; Hurlers Cross, Castletroy; and at Punches Cross, Ballinacurra.

Michael Gleeson joked: "We're on a bit of a winning streak all right. It was Friday week. We sold a €50,000 scratch card. So we've the other three shops now for people to win in next week."

Lotto bosses would not reveal when exactly the winning €500,000 ticket was sold.

"It's 'some time Friday - possibly' is what the lady said," Mr Gleeson explained.

"They don't give us the exact time and the date because that could lead you to finding out who the winner was. That's something you have to be ambivalent about.

"We're going to pop a few bottles of champagne."

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