The burning question – who matched six numbers in Saturday’s €19.06m ‘must win’ in the Lotto Grand Prix draw – remains impressively unanswered.
That main character was glaringly absent, but talked about, on Wednesday when Lotto representatives brought champagne and helium-filled balloons to Castlebar, Co Mayo, to celebrate with winning shop owner Laura Scriney.
Fran Werty, National Lottery Press Officer, provided nothing in response to media questions, except that the winning quick pick was purchased on Saturday and the winner has been in contact with the National Lottery headquarters.
“We advised the ticket holder to go away and get some legal and financial advice before collecting the check,” explained Mr. Werty.
Skreni reflected on reporters a « bittersweet » week in which she lost her beloved grandmother and later sold the elusive jackpot ticket of 19 million euros.
« The last days were a mixture of feelings, » she said. “On this day last week, Granny Scriney (95) was at the funeral home. Today, it’s a whole different story.”
Skreni says she « has no proof » of who the winner is.
It is possible but not certain that a local person or the Castlebar Guild won the jackpot. “We get clients from all over the world because Castlebar is a popular shopping town. The winner can be Bangor Erris, Claremorris or Ballinrobe, anywhere.
“I have my bones but there is a lot coming from far away. Whoever wins, I wish them the best of luck.”
Screenie, who opened her shop near Castlebar Town Center in September 2019, has enjoyed Lotto-wise luck.
Two months after its opening, the client has won a huge amount in Winning Streak. Last July, the shop sold a winning Telly Bingo ticket worth €60,000.
Mrs. Skreni stands up in person to win €15,000, the winning store prize.
She has not yet decided what to do with her sudden victory. « He. She [the money] You will be most welcome.” “It has been two difficult years.”
She said that the name of the retailer who officially sold the winning ticket came as a huge shock.
“There were so many rumors going around town that it could be this retailer or that retailer. I never thought it would be me.
“I was in horrible shock when I saw two National Lottery representatives on my doorstep last night as I was about to close, and they informed me that I was the winning retailer.”
Saturday’s jackpot was won by someone matching six numbers after more than 60 draws over seven months. Saturday was the first « must-win » national lottery drawing in which if no one matched six numbers they could see the prize shared between those who matched five numbers and an additional number, or if there were no winners, those who matched five numbers.
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