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Former Sligo Mayor Sells Winning Irish Lotto Ticket

Last Updated: Tuesday 8th March 2016, 11:33 am

Former mayor of Sligo Matt Lyons has confirmed that an Irish Lotto ticket worth €8.2 million was sold in his shop. The €20 Normal Play ticket was purchased on Saturday from ‘Stop and Shop’, a store in the town owned by the well-known former councillor.

Mr Lyons’ attention is firmly fixed on who the lucky ticket holder could be, but he senses it might not be so easy to identify the winner as the shop was very busy on the day when the ticket was purchased: “On Saturdays we tend to get a lot of visitors, especially if there is something on in town,” Mr Lyons told reporters following the news of the Irish Lotto jackpot win. “Sligo Rovers were playing in the Showgrounds. We also had a stag party in, and a lot of them bought tickets.”

The former councillor was left wondering if a Sligo Rovers fan might have been celebrating on Saturday night, despite their team’s 2-0 opening day defeat to Shamrock Rovers. Mr Lyons is desperately hoping that the winner is from the town he once presided over and not a visiting supporter from Dublin.   

This isn’t the first time that the former mayor has unwittingly furnished a customer with a huge prize, having sold a ticket that won €4 million in 2009. However, Lyons claims that this latest jackpot is the biggest win to date in Sligo.

Lightning may have struck twice in Mr Lyons’ shop, but there is no need to travel to Sligo for a chance to scoop this Wednesday’s guaranteed jackpot of €2 million, as tickets can be purchased online. Alternatively, you can buy tickets from any authorised retailer across Ireland. Best of luck!

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