Thursday 8 December 2016

'When the guy rang, I didn't believe him' - Wexford shopkeeper amazed after selling €7.9m winning Lotto ticket

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 25/04/2016 | 10:27

The winning ticket was sold at Londis, The Faythe/Facebook
The winning ticket was sold at Londis, The Faythe/Facebook

One lucky winner has scooped €7.9m after hitting the Lotto jackpot.

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The €12.50 normal draw ticket was sold in Wexford town, in Hanrahan’s Londis of The Faythe, on Saturday, the day of the draw.

Celebrating the win yesterday, owner Michael Hanrahan said: “It’s unbelievable. I don’t know how to feel, I was shocked.

“When the guy (from the Lotto) rang me, I just didn’t believe him. I hung up on him and everything. I thought it was Saturday night and someone was playing a prank on me,” he told Independent.ie.

It is understood that the winner is a local mum, although she wishes to remain anonymous.

Mr Hanrahan said he believes the winner is one of the shop's regular customers.

“It’s our first ever win. I didn’t think we’d ever have one to be honest, we never even thought about it,” said Mr Hanrahan.

“It’s really hard to believe. There’s a great buzz around here, everyone wants to know who won.”

The winner has 90 days from the date of the draw to claim the prize at the National Lottery Headquarters in Dublin.

“There was mayhem here yesterday, everyone was taking pictures and the shop was packed with people coming in,” he said. “We had a couple of drinks last night to celebrate.”

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