Staff and customers at a Newtowncunningham store have been celebrating after selling a Match 5+Bonus ticket worth a cool €284,964 in last Saturday night's Lotto draw.
The Eurospar store in Newtowncunningham, just 18km from Derry city, sold two Lotto jackpot winning tickets within three weeks of each other in 1990.
The delighted owner of Eurospar in Newtowncunningham, Anthony Kernan, could not contain his delight at his customers good fortune at winning the prize in excess of a quarter of a million euro.
“We’re a very lucky Lotto shop but we’ve had a wee bit of a wait since our last big jackpot wins in 1990,” said the delighted store owner.
“We were the very first shop to sell a winning Lotto jackpot ticket for a Wednesday night draw when one of our customers won the £367,000 (punts) prize in May 1990. Incredibly, we had another winning Lotto jackpot ticket just three weeks later when we sold a ticket worth £141,000," he said.
He added: “Good things certainly come to those who wait so we are absolutely thrilled that somebody in the locality has picked up such a large Lotto prize. We are currently undertaking huge renovations in the store which might be causing some temporary inconvenience to our loyal customers so we’re delighted that one of them is rewarded for their patience with such a magnificent prize.”
There was no winner of the €5.4 million Lotto jackpot but over 71,000 players won prizes in Saturday’s Lotto draws. Wednesday’s Lotto jackpot now heads for a whopping €6 million.
The National Lottery is encouraging all its players to check their Lotto tickets. A spokesperson said: “While there was no winner of the Lotto jackpot, tens of thousands of our players picked up cash prizes in Saturday night’s Lotto draws. We encourage all of our players to check their tickets and if you happen to be the holder of the winning €284,964 ticket be sure to sign the back of it and contact our prize claims team on 01 836 4444 and we will make arrangements for you to come to the National Lottery to get your prize.”