Thursday 18 July 2019

Lotto lightning strikes twice

Bill Browne

It would appear that lighting can indeed strike twice. At least it has done in Mallow after it emerged that a nine-strong syndicate from the Barry Group scooped a cool €500,000 in last Tuesday's Euromillions Plus draw.

The winning ticket was sold at Dano's SuperValu in Bellevue and the lucky numbers drawn were 22, 34, 31, 35 and 41. 

While a spokesperson for the National Lottery told The Corkman on Wednesday afternoon that no-one had yet come forward to claim the windfall, a source close to the syndicate confirmed they had indeed stuck gold. 

The win has come almost two years after a 20-strong syndicate of workers from the company travelled to the capital to pick up a cheque from Lotto HQ for almost €370,000 after their numbers came up in a Euromillions draw. 

Speaking to The Corkman on Wednesday afternoon, SuperValu owner Paul O'Mahony said that while the lottery winners had yet to go public, many staff from Barry's regularly shop in the store. 

He said the first he heard about the win was when a lottery agent contacted him shortly after he arrived to work on Wednesday morning. 

"The place has been buzzing ever since. Once word got out it spread like wildfire and within minutes people were contacting us. Some staff even wrote out fake resignation letters pretending they had the winning ticket," he laughed. 

Paul said that while Dano's other outlet at Spa Glen had sold a €250,000 winning lottery ticket back in the 90's, this was the first major lottery prize winning ticket ever sold at the Bellevue store. 

"It's great to get our first winner. Roughly 90% of our customers are either from Mallow or work in the town, so it would be great if it was one of our regulars who brought the ticket," said Paul. 

"Whoever has the winning ticket, I and all of the staff here at Dano's wish them all the very best of luck and hope that the money brings them happiness and good fortune," he added.