IRELAND’s biggest lottery millionaires bought their lucky ticket in Mayo, the heads of the National Lottery have revealed.
The hunt is on for the Western winner, who claimed a record 19.06 million euro jackpot on Saturday night and is understood to have picked up a Lucky Quick Pick ticket in a shop in district.
Lottery bosses plan to reveal the lucky town and shop in the coming days after an incredible seven months without a jackpot winner.
The National Lottery implemented a must-win rule for Saturday night’s drawing, meaning that if no player matches all the numbers, millions will flow down the prize tiers.
But Mayo punter combined it all to get a lot and End a 62 long drought.
A spokesman for the National Lottery said: “Saturday’s draw was truly monumental in the history of the National Lottery.
“After an incredible 7 months, the biggest Lotto jackpot ever in gaming history has officially been won.
“19.06 million euros was naturally won because the holder of the winning ticket matched all six numbers, which means that the Will Be Winner mechanism is unnecessary.
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“If no player matches all six numbers, the entire jackpot pool will instead flow down to the next winning tier.
“We are urging all of our Lotto players in Mayo to carefully check their tickets today as a player now has a ticket of truly life changing value.”
A Kilkenny gambler also won big, winning the Lotto Plus 2 top prize of €250,000.
They bought a Quick Pick ticket on Friday at Kitty’s Cabin on Rose Inn Road in Kilkenny.
And another 149 players match five numbers and the bonus ball will share a prize pool of almost 5.5 million euros.
Each of them won €36,687, but €164,611 each could be reached if the jackpot winner did not match six numbers.
The winning numbers in Saturday night’s drawing are 02, 09, 16, 30, 37, 40 and the bonus is 23.
A Lotto spokesman added: “The National Lottery is urging players across the country to carefully check their tickets as one player has won an incredibly life-changing prize of €19.06 million. while another won 250,000 euros and 149 players won 36,687 euros each.
“Winners are advised to sign the back of their tickets and keep them safe.
“They should contact the claim team on 1800 666 222 or email Diep@lottery.ie as soon as possible so that they can arrange for them to claim their incredible prizes.
“Saturday night saw a total of 866,000 winners in the Lotto and Lotto Plus draws.”
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