€88.5m Euromillions ticket was sold in Dublin
Lucky ticket holders have already made contact with the National Lottery
Early on Thursday, there was speculation the winning Euromillions lottery ticket was sold in Fitzpatrick’s Shop, Glounthane, Cork. However, it has now been confirmed the ticket was sold in Dublin. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
The National Lottery has confirmed that the winning €88,587,275 Euromillions ticket was sold in Dublin.
It is understood Ireland’s 10th EuroMillions jackpot winners have made contact with National Lottery HQ after scooping the jackpot in Tuesday’s draw.
The ticket owner or owners are expected to pick up their winnings next week, with the winners having 90 days to claim their prize. However, the money won’t be in Dublin until next week as it has to be collected from the other participating lottery countries.
The winning numbers were 1, 5, 7, 17 and 23 and the lucky stars were 3 and 8. The protocol from the National Lottery is that they normally wait for the winner to step forward before announcing the store in which the ticket was sold.
EuroMillions is played in nine countries -- Belgium, Austria, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
Limerick woman, Dolores McNamara, scooped the 12th highest jackpot in the competition’s history when she took home over €115 million in the summer of 2005.
Earlier, there was speculation that Tuesday’s golden ticket had been sold in Co Cork. Kerri O’Neill from Fitzpatrick’s Newsagents in Glounthane said they faced an anxious wait on Thursday as rumours abounded that the winning ticket had been sold there.
“We were waiting on a call from Lotto headquarters all day but by five o clock we kind of got the feeling that the ticket wasn’t sold by us. It would have been great if it had have been and brilliant if locals had won it,” she said.
Ms O’Neill said there was disappointment in the area and good natured joking from customers about Dublin stealing Cork’s thunder. “The past 24 hours have been a whirlwind and we were looking forward to seeing who won it, but congratulations to whoever won it in Dublin,” she said.