A RECORD six lucky Lotto winners are celebrating after scooping the lion's share of Saturday's €3.5m jackpot.
It is understood that it was the first time in at least seven years that so many ticketholders have shared a single National Lottery prize.
Staff at six shops across the country are also celebrating, after learning that they sold the winning tickets.
The shops included: Dunnes Stores in Redmond Square, Wexford; Seabury Centra Foodmarket (inset below), Old Yellow Walls Road, Malahide; Centra Foodmarket, Dromcollogher, Co Limerick; Newgate Stores Mace, Kells Road, Navan, Co Meath; SuperValu, Church Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow; and JJ O'Driscoll's Superstore, Ballinlough Road, Cork.
Inna Kukaarenko, the manager at SuperValu in Greystones, told how there had been a fabulous feeling among the staff since they had heard the news.
"There is an absolutely fantastic atmosphere in store, she said. "We told our customers and the reaction was very, very positive," Ms Kukaarenko added.
After receiving the call from the National Lottery, the shop was awash with rumours as to who the lucky winner was.
"Everybody is saying they think the person is local, because we don't get many tourists here at this time of the year," Ms Kukaarenko said.
"We all can't wait to find out. We're asking all the customers, and we're all just trying to figure this out.
"Put it this way, it feels like lady luck is walking around. Obviously, it's very good for attracting business.
"Even the staff morale is fantastic – everyone is just so excited."
It was the first time that the SuperValu had sold a ticket with a major prize.
The six-way split means the lucky ticketholders who managed to match all six numbers will each receive €558,144.
The winners beat odds of more than one in eight million in guessing the winning Lotto numbers, which were 4, 5, 13, 21, 29 and 37, with the bonus number 22.
Unlike the winner of the massive €8.1m jackpot on New Year's Eve, none of the winners in Saturday's draw entered by doing a Quick Pick.