CHEERS! Walsh's Centra in Kilmaine, where a half-a-million-euro-winning EuroMillions ticket was sold. From left: Liam Ratigan, Nicola Hughes, Ernestine Walsh and her husband Eugene (owners) and Eraan Flannery celebrating after hearing that they sold the winning ticket. Pic: Paul Mealey
First major lottery win for local shop since opening in 1978
A winning EuroMillions ticket worth €500,000 was sold in Kilmaine yesterday (Tuesday), in Eugene Walsh’s Centra Store. The lucky winner, who has not been named, won the EuroMillions Plus Prize, brining great joy to the small village, which is home to just over 200 people.
“We’re are very excited by this. It’s lovely for such a thing to happen in a country village. We really feel that this will now put Kilmaine on the map,” store owner Eugene Walsh told The Mayo News.
“It’s our first major lotto win since we opened in 1978. We have a had a small few wins here and there, a few thousand and stuff, but nothing major like this. It’s been a great week here with the local GAA team making the county final and now this has happened,” he explained.
Similarly local Fianna Fáil Councillor Damien Ryan said it is ‘great to see it happening in a such a small village’, while local Fine Gael Councillor Patsy O’Brien also expressed his congratulations to the winners and to the Walsh family.
“I’m delighted. It’s nice for something like this to happen in such a small country area. It’s great that it has happened locally and i’d like to congratulate all parties involved,” he said.
“It gives great expectation to those who do the Lotto every week also that it is possible to win it. I‘d like to wish the winners all the happiness and wellness in their spending of their winnings, and congratulations to Eugene and Ernestine Walsh, it’s a great boost for a local shop that serves the community so well,” he said.