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Celebrating too soon: Reilly's Supervalu supervisor Aisling Butler, floor manager Yevgeniy Borisyuk  and manager Laura Maher. Photo: Ray Cullen

Celebrating too soon: Reilly's Supervalu supervisor Aisling Butler, floor manager Yevgeniy Borisyuk and manager Laura Maher. Photo: Ray Cullen

Celebrating too soon: Reilly's Supervalu supervisor Aisling Butler, floor manager Yevgeniy Borisyuk and manager Laura Maher. Photo: Ray Cullen

WHO won €94m in last night's Euromillions lottery?

That is the question on everyone's lips this morning after one of two winning tickets that will share a jackpot of €188m was sold in Ireland.

The other winning ticket was sold in Belgium.

Celebrations in a small village were short-lived this morning after a supermarket mistakenly thought it had sold the winning ticket.

Rumours were spreading since late last night about the identity of the lucky winner, with initial speculation pointing to a shop in Sallins, Co Kildare.

Staff at Reilly's Supervalu had been celebrating all morning in the belief that the store had sold the winning ticket.

 

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But the National Lottery said it had been bought elsewhere.

"We would have loved for it to be one of our customers," manager Laura Maher said.

"We're so embedded in the community here. Everyone has been running in all morning after the rumours spread.

"We've had two winners on the Euromillions in the past year, so you can't blame us for thinking it could be us again."

Store owner Fergus Reilly said they are still waiting to hear where the winning ticket was sold and who bought it.

"We wish whoever won it lots of happiness."

According to shop supervisor Aisling Butler, rumours began circulating on social networks last night that the winner bought the ticket in Reillys.

The winning numbers were 4, 5, 13, 27 and 35. The lucky stars were 1 and 2.

The winner scooped the largest prize won by an Irish person since 2005, when Dolores McNamara was handed a cheque for €115.6m.

Dolores was having a drink in her local pub, the Track Bar in Garryowen, when she discovered she had hit the jackpot.

The win changed the lives of Dolores and her family. She bought a €1.7m house by Lough Derg, a couple of racehorses, a property in Turkey and is thought to have invested in a German property fund.

The former cleaning lady keeps a very low profile and spends her time between Clare, Limerick and Turkey.

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