Huge Irish Euromillions winner contacts National Lottery HQ

The winner will collect €28,975,630
The winner will collect €28,975,630

The winner of last Friday night's €28.9 million Euromillions jackpot has made contact with the National Lottery.

National Lottery Chief Executive Dermot Griffen confirmed on RTE Radio on Monday that contact was made.

However, he would not say whether it was an individual or a syndicate that scooped the top prize.

It was announced today that the ticket was sold in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

The ecstatic owner of the store, 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”, he said.

This is Ireland's eleventh win since the European lottery was first launched in 2004.

In January, one Irish winner scooped a whopping €88,587,275 with a ticket that was sold just off the M1 motorway, at the Applegreen petrol station near Lusk, Co. Dublin.

Last summer, a syndicate of Dublin Bus drivers shared €23,845,060.

Dolores McNamara remains the largest single winner, after collecting €115 million in 2005.

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