The numbers drawn on 9th May were 13, 18, 30, 41, 42 and 44. Following five rollovers in a row, one entry matched all the numbers to land the full amount.
The National Lottery urged players in Co Clare to check their tickets and later revealed the name of the winning store - Talty’s Mace Circle K in Lissycasey.
The store has been run by the Talty family for almost half a century without ever selling a big winning ticket, so the owners were delighted to hear they had helped to create a multimillionaire. Cathal Talty is confident that the big winner is a local resident as tourism has been down in recent weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“We are absolutely over the moon to have sold the winning Lotto ticket," said Talty. “Since the weekend there was a lot of speculation locally about where the winning ticket was and then when the call came through from our National Lottery rep, I thought – ‘This has to be something to do with the winning ticket – It could be us’ and low and behold, it was!
“The majority of our trade in these times is from the local community. Before the health restrictions we would have had a lot of passing trade as Lissycasey is a gateway to West Clare and a lot of holidaymakers would have passed through on the way to the West Clare coastline but obviously that has quietened at the moment.
“However, this is great news for our town and I hope it is one of our regular customers. Whoever the lucky person is, I’m sure the €4 million will find a good home.”
The winner has longer than usual to come forward after the National Lottery recently extended the period of time that Irish players have to claim prizes.
The deadline is normally 90 days after a draw takes place, but anyone who wins a prize up to the week of 5th July will have three extra months. This extension has been introduced so that players do not feel under pressure to leave home to claim prizes during the current health crisis.