There was no winner of the €19 million Lotto jackpot on Saturday, but one lucky player in Galway is coming away over half a million richer.
The Galway lotto player split the Match 5 + Bonus prize with another player in Dublin, each of them going home with €517,001.
The winning lotto ticket was sold at Murphy’s Centra store in Bóthar an Chóiste in Castlegar.
The winning numbers on Saturday were 07, 20, 23, 33, 36, 44 and the bonus number was 10.
Michael Murphy who has run the Centra store in Castlegar since 2006 was overjoyed to hear the news that one of his customers had won a life-changing prize in Saturday night’s draw.
“What a win this is,” he said, adding “I am absolutely over the moon for whoever won it.
“What makes it really satisfying is that the vast majority of my customers are all local and knowing that one of them is a half a million euro richer this morning is fantastic.”
“I’m looking forward to spreading the good news today and we’ll make sure that everybody in the area checks their tickets to make sure that they claim this prize. This is absolutely brilliant!”
As no additional funds were added to the jackpot as it remains capped, the funds that would usually go to the jackpot were instead distributed to the next prize tier at which there was a winner, which worked out well for our Galway punter.
There was another bit of good news in the west on Saturday, as one player in Sligo is Ireland’s newest minted millionaire after winning the top prize of €1 million in last night’s Lotto Plus 1 draw.
The two players in Galway and Sligo are advised by the National Lottery to sign the back of their tickets and to keep them in a safe place.
Each of the three biggest winners from last night’s draw should contact the prize claims team on 1800 666 222 or email email@example.com and arrangements will be made for them to claim their prizes.
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage and the Irish Language.
In total more than €6 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 34 years ago. In 2020 alone, €254 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.