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Castlebar’s €17m EuroMillions winner has come forward


Winner bought ticket in Mulroy’s Londis, while Eason’s on Main Street saw another a big win

Michael Duffy

THE National Lottery has this afternoon confirmed that the winner of a €17 million EuroMillons jackpot ticket, which was bought in Mulroy’s Londis at the N5 roundabout in Castlebar, has come forward.
A spokesperson for the National Lottery said: “We can confirm that the winner of this life-changing jackpot has made contact with us this morning and we are making arrangements for the winner or winners to make their claim in the coming weeks.”
The ‘golden’ Quick Pick ticket was bought at Mulroy’s Londis in Castlebar and this is the third winning EuroMillions jackpot ticket to be sold in the Mayo county town and the ninth EuroMillions top prize. With a population of 12,000 people, the latest jackpot surely makes Castlebar is Europe’s luckiest town.
Speaking on selling the winning jackpot ticket worth €17 million, a delighted Alan Mulroy, owner of Mulroy’s Londis said: “I’m speechless. It was quite a shock to hear the news that we had sold this winning EuroMillions ticket. The word came through from the National Lottery yesterday evening and we’re all delighted at Mulroy’s Londis.
“I had to keep the news from the staff until this morning, but we are having a great day of celebrations down here. I can’t thank our staff enough for all their work over the years. We’ve been running the store in the Castlebar community for the past 27 years, and I’m just thrilled for our customers who have supported us over this time.
“The majority of our customers are locals so l really do hope it is someone in the Castlebar community. Whoever it is, I wish them the very best of luck.”
This is the 15th EuroMillions win in Ireland since the game began in 2004. The first Castlebar EuroMillions jackpot was won in April 2014 when a prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Castlebar. This ticket was bought at Staunton’s Costcutter Express on Main Street, Castlebar.
Three years later Mayo got its second winner, again in Castlebar, when a syndicate from the west of Ireland won €29 million in July 2017. This ticket was sold at Garryduff XL Store, of Pound Road, Castlebar.
In addition to a whopping three jackpots, totalling €61 million, Castlebar has also had two EuroMillions Plus wins worth €500,000; and one winner who matched five numbers and one Lucky Star number, falling one number short of winning the jackpot.
One of these EuroMillions Plus wins worth €500,000 was won on Tuesday last, February 11, the same night the €17 million jackpot was won in Castlebar. This ticket was sold at Eason’s on the Main Street in Castlebar.
Commenting on the windfalls, A National Lottery spokesperson said: “What an amazing story for Castlebar. For a town with a population of just over 12,000 to have three jackpot wins totalling €61 million in the space of six years is astounding.
“Castlebar on its own makes up 20 percent of all Irish EuroMillions jackpot winners, so surely this is the place to buy a EuroMillions ticket. While we have heard from the €17 million winner, we have yet to hear word from our Castlebar €500,000 winner so we are asking everyone in the town to keep checking those tickets.”