e500,000 winning Lotto ticket purchased at city retailer

For those who like patterns, here’s one to remember.

On the day that Kilkenny defeated Tipperary in the All-Ireland senior hurling final, a customer bought a e6 Quick Pick Lotto ticket in a city Spar that turned out to be the winner of e500,000 in the EuroMillions Plus draw.

And two years ago, in the same month that Kilkenny defeated Tipperary in the All-Ireland senior hurling final, a customer bought a e6 Quick Pick Lotto ticket in a city Spar that turned out to be the winner of e500,000 in the EuroMillions Plus draw.

The difference this time around is that the winner still hasn’t come forward to collect the prize, according to John Eivers, owner of the Spar on Rose Inn Street where this year’s winning ticket was purchased, and the Spar in Irishtown, which sold the winning ticket two years ago.

The Rose Inn Street winner purchased the ticket sometime on September 3.

“That Sunday would have been a busy day for us,” Mr Eivers said. “In the morning, people were coming into town to catch a train or get a bus up to the match, and then you’d have whatever hens and stags were here for the weekend, tourists, and people who might have been watching the match and called in to pick up something.”

The year has been lucky on a few occasions at the city-centre Spars.

The Irishtown shop sold a scratch card that ended up winning e1,000, and another customer purchased a ticket there that went on to win e10,000 in a Monday Millions draw, Mr Eivers said.