IRELAND’S €10m jackpot winner purchased the prize ticket before the Lotto’s embarrassing technical glitch.
It was originally believed that the lucky winner picked up the €8 quick pick in the extra purchasing hours made available as a result first-ever delayed Lotto draw.
However, the National Lottery have now confirmed that the ticket, which was bought in Jordan’s Centra in Curragh Grange, Newbridge, Co Kildare, was actually purchased last Thursday, January 29.
“Any customers who are getting tea and coffee in the shop this morning are being told that it’s on the house. Everybody is in great form,” shop manager John Murray (51) told the Herald.
“The staff are very excited. Lots of customers have been in checking the numbers,” he added.
As of this morning the winner had not contacted the Lotto HQ to claim their substantial prize.
Store owner Alan Jordan admitted he had no idea who the winner might be.
“It wasn’t any of the staff because they are all in work this morning,” he joked.
“As much as it was a hassle for the Lotto on Wednesday it was good news for us yesterday, we are now the first agent to sell a winning national lotto ticket on a Thursday [for a Thursday night draw],” he said.
“Hopefully it was a local we don’t really know and hopefully it was a syndicate but, no, we don’t know,” he said.
The businessman revealed that sales yesterday were busier than normal due to the Lotto’s tech hiccup.
Thousands of ticket machines around the country stopped working on Wednesday due to a 3G failure in the Telefonica Network.
Ahead of the first re-scheduled draw in almost 30 years, retailers hit out at continuous difficulties they claim they have been experiencing since the new technology was introduced last year. Last November Premium Lottery Ireland (PLI) took over the national draw.
The winning numbers were 9, 10, 18, 20, 24, and 26. The bonus number was 35.