The shop that sold the winning Lotto ticket worth a record €19million has been unveiled – and its owner, just over two years in business, can’t believe her luck.
Laura Scriney was closing up her shop earlier this week when a National Lottery representative burst through the door to reveal the special news that her store – Laura’s XL, on Hopkins Road, Castlebar, Co Mayo – had made history by selling the single biggest Lotto jackpot winning ticket ever.
The uplifting bombshell came at an emotional time for Ms Scriney who tearfully told the Irish Independent that she only buried her beloved grandmother, Bridie, last Thursday.
While the Lotto winner has come forward, they have not gone public, and it is not yet known if it is a syndicate or an individual player.
Recalling the moment she realised that her shop had sold the golden ticket, Ms Scriney said: “I was locking up, as usual, at six o’clock. I was just about to close the door, and next thing a National Lottery representative came bursting through it. I didn’t know what was going on at first, and then I saw the lanyard with the National Lottery stars, and I knew then.
“I never expected it would be here. It’s so great.
“I still feel a massive sense of shock. I didn’t get any sleep last night, but we’re so happy.”
While only in business a short time, Laura’s XL has been lucky in the past.
“I opened in September 2019, and that November, we had a Winning Streak contestant, which was brilliant. And then last July we had a €60,000 winner on Telly Bingo.
“So we were building to the big one. This one will go down in history.
“It was very, very busy Friday and Saturday – it was so full-on with the lottery.
“I really don’t have any idea who may have won, but I wish them the best of luck.
“I hope it brings them nothing but goodness.”
Welling up, she added: “It has been an emotional week, my grandmother passed away last Tuesday, and we buried her on Thursday.
“So I’m kind of thinking she might have done something for us.
She was 95, and she lived a great life, but you are still never ready to let them go.
“She would want me to be happy, I know that.”
The retailer will receive €15,000 as a bonus for selling the jackpot winning ticket.
“I’ve no plans yet for a party, but I’m just going to let it soak in. I want to look after my staff. They are brilliant, and we will have a busy few weeks,” Ms Scriney added.
“I’ve only two staff, and we are a very small operation, but without my parents, this would never have been possible... They have been so supportive of me.
She added that she thoroughly enjoys the day-to-day of runnning the shop.
“I love my customers. I know all of their names. It’s great to see them coming in, and I love having the craic with them.
“I love my work and meeting people. It’s so rewarding.
“I love Fridays because we are very near the post office, and my regulars come in after getting their pensions,” she said, her voice cracking as she added: “Wouldn’t it be lovely if it was one of them?”