Umesh Kumar (left) owner of Garryduff XL, Pound Road, Castlebar which sold the winning €29 Million EuroMillions ticket celebrate the win with his wife Rozalia and their son Arjon and well wishers. Pic: Paul Mealey.
Lotto fever has hit Castlebar after it was confirmed that the winning €29 million EuroMillions ticket which is the largest ever lotto win in Mayo was bought in the county town.
The winning Quick Pick ticket from last Friday’s EuroMillions draw was bought in the Garryduff XL Store on Pound Street and speculation is mounting around Castlebar as who the potential millionaire may be.
The National Lottery confirmed that the winner of the ticket has made contact with them but has yet to claim the huge prize.
The ecstatic owner of the stor, Umesh Kumar, said today he could not believe it when he was contacted by the National Lottery to say he had sold the golden ticket:
“We had no idea at all. We are all thrilled here at the news. It is a great boost for the area and we are delighted for the winner whoever it is. It will take a while for this to sink in.”
Mr Kumar is originally from near New Delhi in India and he moved to Ireland in 2006 to study an MBA in Dublin. He is married to Rosalie and they have a two-year-old son Arjun. He employs four staff in his store.
“I love it here and business has been going well since I took over the shop in 2015. This win will put us on the map.”
Incredibly this is the second EuroMillions jackpot win for Castlebar, and the 11th EuroMillions jackpot win in Ireland since it began in 2004. It brings the total Irish EuroMillions winnings to date to over €1 billion.
In April 2014, a jackpot prize worth a massive €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Staunton’s Costcutter Express in Castlebar. On that occasion, the winner did not go public