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'Luckiest town in Europe' - Shop owner who sold €17m ticket celebrates Castlebar's third EuroMillions jackpot win


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The Mulroy Family at Mulroy's Londis, Castlebar, Co Mayo where a €17m EuroMillions ticket was sold (Photo:Keith Heneghan)

The Mulroy Family at Mulroy's Londis, Castlebar, Co Mayo where a €17m EuroMillions ticket was sold (Photo:Keith Heneghan)

Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus

The Mulroy Family at Mulroy's Londis, Castlebar, Co Mayo where a €17m EuroMillions ticket was sold (Photo:Keith Heneghan)

The owner of a shop in Castlebar who sold a €17m winning ticket has celebrated the third EuroMillions win for "Europe's luckiest town".

Alan Mulroy, owner of Mulroy’s Londis in the Co Mayo town said that there is a "great buzz" around Castlebar as locals speculate as to who the winner of the €17m could be.

They say that lightning never strikes twice - and to be unlucky enough to be the target of this, you would be a one in 9,000,000 phenomenon.

To win the EuroMillions jackpot once, you have to defy odds of one in 139,838,160 - and Castlebar has done it three times.

According to Mr Mulroy, the mood in the town has been transformed.

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The Mulroy Family and staff at Mulroy's Londis, Castlebar, Co Mayo where a €17m EuroMillions ticket was sold (Photo:Keith Heneghan)

The Mulroy Family and staff at Mulroy's Londis, Castlebar, Co Mayo where a €17m EuroMillions ticket was sold (Photo:Keith Heneghan)

Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus

The Mulroy Family and staff at Mulroy's Londis, Castlebar, Co Mayo where a €17m EuroMillions ticket was sold (Photo:Keith Heneghan)

"We are all delighted. Today is fantastic all together. There's a great buzz here and it's great for Castlebar," he said.

"Yesterday there was great talk in the shop about who it could be who won and when they heard yesterday that it was in Mayo and this morning I broke the news to the staff.

"So there's a great buzz and the shop is packed. Great buzz in the town, it's great for Castlebar.

"It's a lucky, lucky town, probably the luckiest town in Europe."

The first Mayo EuroMillions jackpot was won in April 2014 when a prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Castlebar. Three years later Mayo got its second winner, again in Castlebar, when a syndicate from the West of Ireland won €29 million in July 2017.

The winner of the €17m jackpot is yet to come forward, but won with the numbers 24, 26, 32, 43, 46 and the Lucky Star numbers of 06 and 10.

To celebrate the victory for the town, finger food and coffee was doled out in Mulroy's, where a DJ was also stationed for the day.

The punter with the right numbers isn't the only winner. For selling the winning ticket, Mr Mulroy will receive €25,000, a prize he is keen to dip into with a celebration for his staff next week.

"We're here 27 years and this is just a big thank you to all of the customers who have come in over the years. We wouldn't be here without them, and likewise the staff," he told Independent.ie.

"I feel myself it could be someone local who won because we do a lot of business locally with people coming in doing the lotto. That's my presumption anyway.

"It was bought on the Tuesday just gone and it was a quickpick ticket, but no one has come forward yet.

"Once we get over this weekend, we'll treat the staff. We'll bring them out next weekend or the weekend after for a big celebration. "

A National Lottery spokesperson put into perspective just how lucky this town is.

"We’re delighted to announce that this €17m golden EuroMillions ticket was sold in the Green and Red county.

"Castlebar is a really lucky town when it comes to EuroMillions wins as amazingly this is their third jackpot win. This means that 20pc of all Irish EuroMillions jackpot winners come from the Heather County."

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