Wednesday 16 January 2019

'We sold the magic ticket, we are buzzing' - Rural island celebrates €500K EuroMillions win

The winning ticket was sold on Bere Island
The winning ticket was sold on Bere Island
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

The community on a tight-knit Irish island is celebrating after a EuroMillions ticket worth €500,000 was sold there.

While the main EuroMillions jackpot wasn't won last night, someone scooped €500,000 in the Plus draw after buying their golden ticket on Bere Island.

Bere Island lies off the Beara Peninsula in Cork and is also known as An tOileán Mór (the big island), its population is an estimated 220 people and it is approximately just 10km x 3km in size.

The Quick Pick ticket was sold at the Post Office in Lawrence Cove, just months after the National Lottery started selling their products on the island.

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Winning retailer Mary Murphy said she is over the moon for the lucky winner.

The postmistress said: "We are delighted this morning after hearing this great news. It’s fantastic for the island, for our community and I still can’t believe we sold the magic ticket. We are buzzing.

"It is also amazing for us in the Post Office as we are the life and soul of the community, similar to many rural towns and villages all over Ireland.

"We’re looking forward to meeting our visitors from the National Lottery tomorrow and we’ll certainly enjoy the celebrations."

This is the 21st EuroMillions Plus winner in Ireland so far this year.

As there was no winner of the main EuroMillions draw, Friday's jackpot rolls over to an incredible €155 million.

The National Lottery advises players to check their tickets. If you’re the lucky ticketholder, sign the back of the ticket and contact the National Lottery Prize Claims Team on 01 836 4444.

Tonight's Lotto jackpot is a guaranteed €2.5 million, play in store, on the app or online by 7.45pm this evening.

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