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Staff members Rachel Murphy, Anne Dickenson, Nicholas Canavan, David Shorthall, duty manager and Sylvia Byrne, compliance manager, at Tesco in Whitegate centre in Wicklow. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins

Staff members Rachel Murphy, Anne Dickenson, Nicholas Canavan, David Shorthall, duty manager and Sylvia Byrne, compliance manager, at Tesco in Whitegate centre in Wicklow. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins

Staff members Rachel Murphy, Anne Dickenson, Nicholas Canavan, David Shorthall, duty manager and Sylvia Byrne, compliance manager, at Tesco in Whitegate centre in Wicklow. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins

ONE lucky ticket holder is celebrating today after scooping the first Irish lottery jackpot of the New Year.

Tesco supermarket in Whitegates centre in Co Wicklow broke out the champagne upon discovering they had sold the winning Lotto ticket worth €8,188,679.

It is understood that the winning gamble was made on the back of a €4 quick pick.

The fortunate player is yet to claim the prize money and has not been reported to media outlets.

Sylvia Byrne, who was the Tesco manager on duty when the National Lottery called with the good news, told the Herald that she is "in disbelief".

"It's brilliant. I kept asking them, are they serious? Are they sure? We had heard on the radio a little earlier that it was sold in the east, but we had no idea it was sold here." She said that staff have been "buzzing around, wondering who it is".

She confirmed that this is the store's first major Irish lottery win, following a Euromillions win before Christmas worth €275,000.

 

JOY

Wicklow County Councillor for Sinn Féin John Snell said he hopes it will bring "a bit of joy and cheer for somebody".

"We haven't had a winner in this part of the country for a good while," he said.

"It's great news for the area that somebody has had a windfall."

Numbers for the Irish Lottery main draw on Saturday, January 4, were 04, 25, 35, 38, 42, 43. The bonus number drawn was 28.

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