Saturday 24 February 2018

'People think we're a lucky shop so winner could be from anywhere' - Hunt for €9.5m Lotto millionaire

'It was very busy on Saturday' - Shop manager says winner could be from anywhere in the country

Shop manager Ulrika Campbel at the Lotto machine which printed the winning Lotto ticket for Saturday night's jackpot Picture: Caroline Quinn
Shop manager Ulrika Campbel at the Lotto machine which printed the winning Lotto ticket for Saturday night's jackpot Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of the Spar shop on the corner of Talbot street and Amiens Street, Dublin, where the winning Lotto ticket for Saturday night's jackpot Picture: Caroline Quinn
2Shop managers Ulrika Campbell, left, and Ana Horvat of the Spar shop on the corner of Talbot street and Amiens Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2Shop managers Ulrika Campbell, left, and Ana Horvat of the Spar shop on the corner of Talbot street and Amiens Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2Shop managers Ulrika Campbell, left, and Ana Horvat of the Spar shop on the corner of Talbot street and Amiens Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The hunt is on to find out who scooped €9.5m in the Lotto after it emerged that the winning ticket was bought in the capital.

In the Spar shop where the lucky numbers were sold, on the corner of Talbot Street and Amiens Street, there was great speculation about the identity of the winner.

However, manager Ulrika Campbell (53) said they could be from anywhere in the country.

"We know the ticket was bought on Saturday, but we don't know yet if it was a small ticket, a big ticket or a QuickPick," she said.

General view of the Spar shop on the corner of Talbot street and Amiens Street, Dublin, where the winning Lotto ticket for Saturday night's jackpot Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of the Spar shop on the corner of Talbot street and Amiens Street, Dublin, where the winning Lotto ticket for Saturday night's jackpot Picture: Caroline Quinn

"We get a lot of people buying tickets here because we've had winners here before.

"People think we're a lucky shop, so they come in when they're passing by or getting on or off a train across the road at Connolly Station.

2Shop managers Ulrika Campbell, left, and Ana Horvat of the Spar shop on the corner of Talbot street and Amiens Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2Shop managers Ulrika Campbell, left, and Ana Horvat of the Spar shop on the corner of Talbot street and Amiens Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

"So the winner could be from anywhere. It was very busy on Saturday.

"Don't forget that the Mayo and Kerry replay was on that day and we had a lot of supporters in on their way to and from the game at Croke Park."

2Shop managers Ulrika Campbell, left, and Ana Horvat of the Spar shop on the corner of Talbot street and Amiens Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
2Shop managers Ulrika Campbell, left, and Ana Horvat of the Spar shop on the corner of Talbot street and Amiens Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The shop has had winners before, but never for a jackpot as high as €9.5m.

"It's great news," added Ulrika.

"I really hope it's a local person that's won, because a lot of locals buy their tickets here.

"I hope it's someone with a big family and they help a lot of family members and a few charities too."

Ulrika said she may have sold the ticket, or it could have been her colleague Anna Horvat (26), or another staff member who was working on Saturday.

The local rumour mill has yet to crank up to hint at who the winner may be.

"We'll have to see if any big parties are held in the area," said one customer.

The winning numbers were 1, 16, 17, 32, 34 and 35. The bonus number was 5.

Another winner matched five numbers plus the bonus. They will collect a cheque for €219,204.

That lucky QuickPick ticket was bought at the SuperValu store on New Road in Kinsale, Co Cork.

The last Lotto jackpot was won on Wednesday, July 5, when a syndicate from the north-east won the €6.4m top prize with a ticket they bought at Argue's Londis service station in Cootehill, Co Cavan.

The north inner city has had other Lotto successes in the past, with the Top Service Station on Amiens Street selling an €11.3m ticket last December.

That winner decided to remain anonymous.

There are expected to be celebrations at the Spar shop today, when representatives from the National Lottery headquarters on nearby Abbey Street arrive with champagne.

Herald

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