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Co Mayo EuroMillions Jackpot Winner Makes Contact

Last Updated: Tuesday 11th July 2017, 10:04 am

Lottery bosses have confirmed that Friday’s €28.9 million Irish EuroMillions winner has been in contact and that their Quick Pick entry was bought in Castlebar, Co Mayo at the Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road.

Mayo’s county town is no stranger to EuroMillions jackpot wins, with a local player previously scooping €15 million in April 2014. That ticket was bought at Staunton’s Costcutter Express, and Friday’s haul means that Castlebar is now responsible for 18 percent of Ireland’s top prize winners in the pan-European lottery. The most recent success is the country’s 11th EuroMillions jackpot win.

Talking to Newstalk Breakfast, Irish National Lottery CEO Dermot Griffin announced the details of the lucky shop and said of the winner, “They have 90 days to come in and collect their prize, so they are taking a little bit of time to get  their own professional advice and then they will come in and see us. The money has to be collected from the other EuroMillions countries, so it is going to take until Thursday for the money to be deposited in our bank account, and we can pay it out any time after that.“

The news came as a shock for Umesh Kumar, who owns the Garyduff XL Stores. “We had no idea at all. We are all thrilled here at the news,” he was quoted as saying in the Irish Mirror, “it is a great boost for the area and we are delighted for the winner, whoever it is. It will take a while for this to sink in.”

Friday’s draw saw Ireland’s second EuroMillions jackpot haul of the year, following a Dublin syndicate’s €88.5 million win in January. In addition, 14 players have now hit the €500,000 jackpot in the supplementary EuroMillions Plus game during 2017. With nearly half a year left, who knows how much more success the lottery will bring to the nation?

If you would like a shot at tonight’s €17 million top prize, you don’t have to live in Castlebar to strike it lucky. You can play at any authorised retailer, or choose your winning numbers online.

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