Friday 18 October 2019

Celebrations at Dublin shop where €2.5m Lotto ticket was sold as hunt for winner continues

Jubilant celebrations are underway today at the lucky SuperValu store in the seaside town of Donabate
Pic: Mac Innes Photography
Jubilant celebrations are underway today at the lucky SuperValu store in the seaside town of Donabate Pic: Mac Innes Photography
A lucky punter scooped €2,521,015 in Friday night’s massive €190 million EuroMillions draw Pic: Mac Innes Photography
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

SHOPPERS are being urged to check their EuroMillions tickets after it was confirmed that a €2.5m winning quick pick ticket was purchased at SuperValu, Donabate, north Dublin for Friday night’s draw.

The winning ticketholder fell just one lucky star number short of scooping the €190m jackpot on the night – which would have been one of the biggest ever lottery jackpot prize wins in Europe.

But the €2,521,015 cheque should be consolation enough for the match 5 + one lucky star winner. The winning numbers were 6, 9, 35, 41, 44 and lucky stars 6 and 9.

Staff at the supermarket kick started the celebrations yesterday afternoon with champagne.

Robert Ward, operations manager at SuperValu, Donabate said that they all had their fingers crossed that the ticketholder was a local shopper.

“I just want to say a massive congratulations to the winner of the €2.5m,” he said.

“Donabate is a fantastic area full of wonderful people and I really hope the winner is a local. Congratulations to whoever it is and I hope it brings you lots of luck.”

A spokesman for the National Lottery said it is still waiting to hear from the lucky ticketholder and has issued a fresh appealed to players in North County Dublin to check their tickets to see if they are the lucky winners.

A lucky punter scooped €2,521,015 in Friday night’s massive €190 million EuroMillions draw
Pic: Mac Innes Photography
A lucky punter scooped €2,521,015 in Friday night’s massive €190 million EuroMillions draw Pic: Mac Innes Photography

Due to the maximum €190m capped draw, the Match 5 + Lucky Star prize pool was boosted by an additional €17 million which meant that eight players across the EuroMillions community won the €2.5m prize each, including one lucky player in Ireland.

A further 12 individuals matched five numbers – taking home a tidy prize fund of €49,959 each.

Meanwhile, the National Lottery has reminded players that this Tuesday’s €190m jackpot is a historic, ‘must be won’ event after it has rolled to a maximum five draws.

This means that if there is no winner of the €190m jackpot on Tuesday October 8, the full value of the jackpot will flow down to the next prize tier, with a possibility of multiple millionaires across the entire EuroMillions community.

A National Lottery spokesperson said: “For the first time in the history of the EuroMillions game, we have reached the €190m maximum jackpot cap for five draws which means that Tuesday’s €190m draw is an extra special, must be won event. If there is no winner of Tuesday’s jackpot prize, the entire jackpot will be shared at the next prize tier at which there are winners.

“While the €190m jackpot on offer is truly life changing, the additional prize excess which will flow down to lower prize tiers could create even more multi-millionaires in Ireland on Tuesday night.”

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