‘Lotto famine’ ends in
Delighted staff and
customers at a store in Inishowen were today
celebrating the ending of a 28-year high-win Lotto
famine after selling a Match 5+Bonus ticket worth a
cool €284,964 in Saturday's Lotto draw.
The Eurospar store in Newtowncunningham sold two
Lotto jackpot winning tickets within three weeks of
each other in 1990. And today the owner and staff
were thrilled that they were back in “lotto luck”
with a Normal Play Lotto ticket sold on Wednesday
18th April coming up trumps for a customer.
Staff and customers Kernan's Eurospar
store in Newtowncunningham celebrate after selling a
winning Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize winning ticket
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,” laughed 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 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”.