€2.2 million Donegal Lotto Jackpot prize claimed

Sue Doherty

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Sue Doherty

€2.2 million Donegal Lotto Jackpot prize claimed

The mystery winner of half of last Saturday night's Jackpot, who bought his ticket in Donegal, has claimed his prize of €2,266,323.

He called into the National Lottery offices in Dublin today, one day after the winners, two members of a family from Kerry, claimed their half of the €4.5 million jackpot.

Today’s winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, was visiting Donegal to attend a wedding on Saturday and bought a Quick Pick Lotto ticket at Centra Foodmarket in Carrigart.

He described how it feels to have struck it lucky. "“It surreal, like I’m in a dream. Crazy…but a good crazy! 

"I checked my ticket on Sunday after the news went around the wedding the night before that a winning ticket was sold in the shop.  I couldn’t believe it when I saw I had the winning numbers.  I kept checking the ticket.  I rang my girlfriend and then my sister to share the news.”

He has fairly modest plans for celebrating: “It will make life more comfortable but I’ll keep my feet on the ground, and think about my future. I’ll buy a new car – that will be my first big purchase.  It’s amazing to win,”he said.

Since Lotto began, over €113 million in jackpot and top prizes has been won by players in Donegal. The biggest jackpot winning ticket sold in Donegal was for €12.1 million.  It was bought in American House in Bundoran in June 2014. 

This is the second Lotto jackpot prize to be sold in Centra Foodmarket in Carrigart. They previously sold a ticket worth €450,000 in November in November 2005.