North Dublin shop sold €93.9m EuroMillions winning ticket
Locals speculate about possible identity of anonymous winning player
Staff from the Mace store on Shantalla Road celebrate selling the winning EuroMillions Jackpot ticket. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Last month’s €93.9 million EuroMillions winning ticket was sold at a Mace shop in Beaumont on Dublin’s northside, the National Lottery announced today.
The winning ticket was sold on June 25th but the Shantall Road shop’s owner, Susan Barry, says that she has no idea who the new mystery multi-millionaire is.
“I was here the day [the ticket was sold],” Ms Barry said. “But I don’t know.
“You’d normally hear rumours but we haven’t heard any,” she said. “Everyone seems to be coming in that normally comes in. As such we don’t know, we haven’t heard anything.”
The shop’s manager, Jan Quinn, said: “There are very nice people around here ... that use our store. So we’re quite happy for it to be any one of them.”
Ms Barry and her staff are hoping that the sale of the ticket will cause people to view it as a lucky place to play the lotto in the future and attract more customers to the shop, which had only ever sold tickets winning up to €2,000 in the past.
“It’s the first time we’ve sold a winning lotto or anything like that,” she said. “So it’s fantastic.” The shop gets €25,000 for selling the winning ticket.
The owner of a €6 ticket shared the total jackpot of more than €187 million from the draw with a player in Belgium. It is not known whether the winner, who claimed their life-changing prize last Thursday at the National Lottery offices in Dublin, selected the numbers or whether it was a Lotto quickpick.
National Lottery spokeswoman Eleanor Murphy said the jackpot was the second biggest in their history and the winner wanted to remain anonymous.
“All we can say is that it is indeed an Irish winner and we wish them all the best of luck,” she said. “[The winners] are really looking forward to exploring all the opportunities that are open to them now.”