Excitement and speculation on Bere Island over lucky Euromillions winner

The winning ticket was sold at the local post office but the owner has yet to come forward

Bere Island’s population is just 180, so the win is a significant event in the community. Photograph: Getty Images

Bere Island’s population is just 180, so the win is a significant event in the community. Photograph: Getty Images

 

There is huge excitement on Bere Island, in West Cork, as a winning Euromillions ticket worth €500,000 has been sold in the local post office.

The winning ticket - a quickpick - was sold at Mary Murphy’s post office on Monday and the winner has yet to come forward.

In an interview with C103FM, Ms Murphy said that there was massive speculation as to the identity of the lucky winner.

“We got great news. We don’t know who the winner is yet but it is marvellous news. Somebody on the island has won it. It is marvellous for the island. We are so excited. I did buy a ticket but I checked it straight away when I got it but it wasn’t me.”

The tiny island’s population is just 180, so the win is a significant event in the community.

“I think it has to be a local. It’s a big thing for the local population and for the post office. It is the first time (the post office) has won anything. I think €20 was the most that anyone has won from me so far.” Ms Murphy said that she hoped the win would bring the person a lifetime of luck.

Ms Murphy has run the tiny post office on the island since the late 1970’s. She told the Cork Today show that there was a “massive buzz” in the post office in the wake of the win.

The winning numbers in the Ireland only Plus One Draw on Tuesday night were 5, 10, 41, 43, 44.

The main Euromillions draw, which was worth €140 million, failed to produce a winner. However, one Irish person did match five to scoop the prize of €29,500.

The numbers drawn in the main draw were 1, 8, 21, 30, 45 and the lucky stars were 2 and 3.