PUNTERS at a wine party in Mayo laughed at suggestions they had won the 19 million euro jackpot in last Saturday’s draw and joked: “We’d drink Champagne, not Guinness if we win”.
Rumors have swirled in the small town about who bought the lucky ticket since the National Lottery confirmed it was purchased at the Laura’s XL store in Castlebar.
Many people have believed that a pub organization at the Bungalow Bar has caught the lot.
However, Alanna Scott, the parent who owns the bar, told The Irish Sun: “I can tell you it wasn’t us. I wish it was like that. However, we spent over €200 on tickets. I think the most we won was €30.
“I can’t tell you who won it. We did an association the night before the draw with all the people in the pub who wanted to do it. I think there are more than 20 people in there.
“Everybody wants to find out who it is but I doubt we will ever find out. There was a loud buzz around town. Everyone is very excited.”
Alanna added: “It was a great boost for Mayo at the start of the year but we’ll get through it with a win over Sam Maguire, especially now that Oisin Mullin won’t be going to Australia.
“I don’t know the winner but if the winner wants to give away any money, I’ll happily take some.”
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Pub Liam Carr from Westport has his own theory about who brought in the 19 million euros and says he will spend the next 25 years on a beach in Thailand or the Philippines if he won.
He told us: “I will go to Thailand or the Philippines and lie on a beach for the next 25 years if I win.
“The rumor I am hearing is that a man went to buy newspapers from Laura’s store and he had some change and decided to go for Quick Pick. Play fair to whoever wins but it’s not any of us at this pub. “
Store owner Laura Scriney, the owner of the store where the winning ticket was sold, was elated that she had sold the winning ticket.
Laura, who will pocket 15,000 euros when she sells the winning ticket, explains: “It is an indescribable feeling.
“It came as a huge shock. When National Lottery came here on a Tuesday night, it came as a huge shock. It was a great shock to receive.
“I don’t know who the winner is but we want to wish someone the best of luck. There was a big buzz around town because of it. “
Laura revealed that she was forced to temporarily close her store last week because her grandmother had passed away but confirmed that the winning ticket went on sale last Saturday.
She continued: “We were open Friday and Saturday and it was really busy. Tickets went on sale on Saturday and it was a Quick Pick.
“The whole day was stressful so we could never determine who was the lucky one. There are a lot of rumors going around town but I suppose you’ll never find out who it is.
“I’ve heard all the rumors like a young man coming and buying it himself, a pub organization won from Bungalow Bar, for someone from another town to win it – but you won’t. never know.
“Not to mention that we sold the winning ticket in the biggest lottery in history.
“I think everyone in the country is interested in this draw because it’s been going on for so long.
“Everybody seems to have a ticket and it’s great that we as retailers sold the winning ticket.”
Laura also revealed that an increasing number of bettors have flocked to her store to buy tickets for this week’s draw in hopes of winning the jackpot.
“It’s been really busy since the National Lottery announced my store won.”
Local butcher Sean Ketterick said he had no “clues” of who the lucky winner was and said the lucky player might not even be from Castlebar or Mayo.
“A lot of people go to Castlebar to shop so that person may be from somewhere else in Mayo or they may not even be from Mayo,” says Sean.
“The buzz and mystery about the winner is huge. Everyone in town was excited but it certainly wasn’t me because I wouldn’t have gone to work today if I had. ”
Another rumor that has been circulating is that an organization in cooperation with staff from wholesalers Oliver Kelleher in Castlebar won but this has since been quashed.
Owner Sharon McDonald said: ‘Unfortunately we didn’t win 19 million euros but when told the girl who ran this organization did not return to work.
“We’ve been playing the lottery for 20 years, but I think we’ll keep trying. In fact, we actually bought tickets at Laura’s store but unfortunately it wasn’t us. There was a loud bang.
“There is something else to be said than just doom and gloom. I’m happy for the winner, I hope it’s an organization. God only knows what I would do if I won but I thought I would share that.”
Saturday January 15 jackpot winning numbers are: 02, 09, 16, 30, 37, 40 and the bonus is 23.
The €19.06 million jackpot is the largest lottery ever won and had drawn 62 spins ahead of Saturday night’s historic win.
The ‘Will Win’ event also saw 149 winners of Match Bonus tier 5 and above, who shared almost €5.5 million and they will now claim €36,687 each.
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