Lottery24 – Hurling athlete sells winning Irish Lotto ticketA hurling team captain from Limerick in Ireland has helped his customers to victory this weekend as he sold a winning Irish Lotto ticket worth €3.8 million.
Donal O’Grady, who is captain of the Limerick Senior Hurling Team, sold the winning Irish Lotto ticket, with almost €4 million, at his store in Ballingarry, just a couple of weeks after a couple from South Dublin won an Irish Lotto prize worth €5.3 million. The manager of O’Grady’s Spar and Topaz told lottery officials that he was in shock after he was contacted to be told that one of his customers had won the top prize.
“The ticket came out of our machine. It’s great,” said the hurler, who took over the management of the store from his parents, Donie and Ruth, in 2012. “The lottery rep rang me around half past ten last night to tell me the ticket was sold in our Spar in Ballingarry,” he added.
Mr O’Grady continued to say that he was in shock when he first heard the news, finding it hard to believe that his store in a tiny town in a small country had actually managed to sell an Irish Lotto ticket worth almost €4 million. “It’s great for the locality and it’s great for rural Ireland,” he added, saying that he hopes the buzz will continue in the area for a while as it no doubt did in Tralee after lottery winner Jacinta Hobbart won a luxury trip to New York City thanks to the National Lottery’s Bigger Better Lotto Dream Holiday competition.
“There’s great excitement, everyone is coming in checking tickets just to be sure,” he said. This sounds like the atmosphere in the SuperValu store in Killiney Shopping Centre after it sold a €7.3 million Irish Lotto ticket earlier this year. Mr O’Grady admitted that the Irish Lotto winner has not yet come forward, as far as he knows, but predicted that they will probably want to take some time before they make their claim. The team captain said that he has no idea who the winner could be, however.
This sale is the first time that the family store has sold a winning ticket in its 20 year existence, and Mr O’Grady said that he hopes the Irish Lotto winner is a local and a regular customer. “News might break tomorrow on who won, but as we stand – we don’t know,” he finished, insisting that it isn’t a member of his own family who purchased the ticket, like when Suzanne Birt from Canada purchased a winning Atlantic Lottery Classic Ruby scratch card from her family’s convenience store.
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