MYSTERY still surrounds the identity of the lucky Castlebar syndicate which collected the massive €29 million cheque after winning the EuroMillions lotto.
Mayo’s latest millionaires bought the winning EuroMillion ticket in Garryduff XL Store, Castlebar on Friday, July 7, and travelled to National Lottery Headquarters in Dublin last week to collect the cheque. The jackpot win was the largest ever lotto prize to be won in the county.
The winners do not wish to go public but in a statement issued by the National Lottery, they said they were still getting used to their new found wealth and have yet to decide what they were to do with their winnings.
“This has come as a huge shock but we are thrilled. This will certainly make life easier for us all and will secure our futures,” said a spokesperson for the syndicate.
“It has been a rollercoaster week with lots of butterflies in our stomachs and lots of different emotions. But we are keeping level heads and we will try to take it all in and we will give it time before we decide what to do with our winnings,” added the spokesperson.
The winning quick pick ticket was purchased from Umesh Kumar’s Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road, Castlebar. The Indian native said last week 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.”
There were great scenes of excitement around Mr Kumar’s shop on Tuesday morning when news of the big lotto win came through. Former Castlebar town councillor, Johnny Mee, lives within 30 yards of the shop and said the scenes were reminiscent of a sporting win.