Monday 10 December 2018

Shop owner hails fortune after selling €39m ticket

Amy Cong salutes the anonymous EuroMillions winner who bought their ticket at her shop – she’s hoping they’ll carry on shopping there. Photo: Mark Condren
Amy Cong salutes the anonymous EuroMillions winner who bought their ticket at her shop – she’s hoping they’ll carry on shopping there. Photo: Mark Condren
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

As a fully qualified chartered accountant, the shopkeeper who sold the winning €38.9m EuroMillions ticket would surely have some advice for her lucky customer who has become Ireland's latest multimillionaire.

"The best of luck with it," Amy Cong said simply.

The owner of the Village Shop in Malahide, north Co Dublin, Amy only found out the previous night that she had sold the winning ticket when officials from National Lottery HQ dropped by for a visit.

"It was just unbelievable news," she said, adding that she hopes the lucky winner is one of their regular customers - and they keep coming to her shop.

Originally from the Shandong province of eastern China, Ms Cong has lived in Ireland for more than 20 years and has been running the shop with her husband Ken since 2013. The shop previously sold a Lotto Plus 1 winning ticket worth €300,000.

"As an accountant I never thought I would be in the newsagent business," she said, while adding that she thinks it suits her better.

A National Lottery spokesperson revealed the winner, who wants to keep their win private, has made contact and is expected to collect his or her winnings next week.

In the meantime, the winning ticket is being held by headquarters for safe keeping.

Boost

The winner is currently taking "independent legal and financial advice" as they mull over what exactly to do with their haul.

The huge jackpot is a massive boost for Malahide, as well as for the Village Shop, said Ms Cong.

"The people who live in Malahide already know us and the people who are coming to Malahide in the future, we are definitely your lucky shop - you should visit," she added.

Amid the razzmatazz of popping corks and celebratory spraying of champagne outside the shop came the hoot of a car horn.

It was local man Marty Whelan, presenter of 'Winning Streak', who is very familiar with the feel-good factor of big Lottery wins.

Irish Independent

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