Carnival atmosphere in Kinlough as locals celebrate €11m win

Sue Doherty


Sue Doherty


Carnival atmosphere in Kinlough as locals celebrate €11m win

Noel and Martina pictured with staff: from left Aoife McGloin, Donna McGowan (no relation), Kevin McGowan (son), Martina, Noel, Elaine Fox and Aoife McGowan (daughter)

The atmosphere's more than 90 in Kinlough today, it's about €11 million!

That's because someone...and so far no one know who...bought the winning ticket for last Saturday night's Lotto at McGowan's Spar shop in the village and is now €11,179,620 better off.

The National Lottery office rang the shop owners Noel and Martina McGowan about an hour after the draw to let them know they'd sold the winning ticket.

“I checked my own ticket fairly quick but no luck,” Noel laughingly told the Democrat.

“We have our own syndicate here as well,” Martina added. “They were all checking their numbers but that would have been too good to be true!

“There's been such a great buzz ever since we found out. It's a real celebration, even if we don't know who won. We would love it to be someone local, of course.”

One young man who called into the shop said of the happy atmosphere, “It's like 'No Uniform Day' at school.”

The winning numbers were 10, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19 and the bonus number was 35.

A spokesperson for the National Lottery told the Democrat that the prize was won on a “normal play” ticket, meaning that whoever bought it used their own numbers rather than opting for a Quick Pick.

The spokesperson could not indicate either the date or time of the purchase.

All day Sunday and right through today (Monday), any person calling in to the shop was greeted with enthusiastic and good-humoured shouts of “Congratulations!” and “Are you the winner?” but no one has come forward to claim their windfall just yet.

“A lot of people have told us they are making a point of buying a Lotto ticket here today, however,” Martina smiled. “I think they're hoping that lightning will strike twice.”

No, I wasn't the winner but, yes, I did pick up a ticket at McGowan's today.

After all, if you're not in.....