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'It will put us on the map': Castlebar shop owner thrilled at selling winning Euromillions ticket

The winner of the €29 million jackpot has decided not to go public for now.

THE OWNER OF the shop which sold the latest winning Euromillions ticket has said he is thrilled by the news.

The National Lottery said the winner – or winners – of the €29 million jackpot has decided not to go public for now. However, today it confirmed the quick pick ticket had been bought at the Garryduff XL Store, of Pound Road, Castlebar in Co Mayo.

This is the second time a Euromillions jackpot ticket has been sold in Castlebar.

Umesh Kumar, owner of the store that sold the golden ticket, said he could not believe it when he was contacted by the National Lottery.

“We had no idea at all. We are all thrilled here at the news. 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.”

Kumar said he believes this win will put his store “on the map”.

The National Lottery was contacted by the holder of the winning ticket yesterday, but it is not yet known when they will come to claim their prize. They have 90s days to do so.

“This is very exciting news, but it is important that the winner is given the time and space to make arrangements and to let the news sink in,” said chief executive Dermot Griffin.

“This is an incredible amount of money to win, and we have advised the winner to get independent financial and legal advice. We are looking forward to handing over the winning cheque in our Winners Room in the next week or so. And we are delighted for Umesh and his staff who sold this ticket.”

He said there is a case of “the luck of the Irish” when it comes to the Euromillions.

“Not only do we now have our 11th EuroMillions Jackpot winner, but we have 14 winners of EuroMillions Plus worth €500,000 so far this year. Every week in Ireland we have around 100,000 players who win a cash prize on Euromillions.”

Read: Winner of €28.9m Euromillions ticket makes contact with National Lottery>

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