The group, who have not yet been identified, contacted National Lottery officials on Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the draw had taken place. "We can tell you that we have been in touch with the ticket holders and they are now making arrangements to collect their prize,” a spokesman for the National Lottery told reporters.
The winning ticket was purchased on the day of the draw from Supervalu in Knocklyon, Dublin. News of the win spread like wildfire and generated a lot of excitement amongst locals, leading Store Manager Ken O’Toole to predict that the winners live in the area: "We're a very local shop in the community, being in Knocklyon we're not in a major thoroughfare so I would be hoping it'd be someone local." Of course, this information has also helped boost business: "This morning the excitement in the shop was unbelievable, first of all the colleagues and then the customers - when they all heard there was a big rush checking the tickets," the 50-year-old revealed.
Shop worker Conor O'Hare was one of three workers who could have sold the lucky ticket and he was understandably over the moon following the announcement: "It's exciting, you sell them every day and you don't really think much of it, it's kind of just another day, another few Lotto tickets sold. And then out of nowhere this happens," he beamed. "With the Lotto going up and up, I think a lot of people were buying tickets. Last week the Lotto sales shot up. I think the area was due something," added the 24-year-old.
Following Wednesday’s win, the Irish Lotto jackpot total has reset to a guaranteed €2 million ahead of Saturday’s draw. If you would like to celebrate your own Irish Lotto victory, you can pick your numbers online or play via any authorised retailer in Ireland. Best of luck!