Applegreen Lusk sold winning €88.5m EuroMillions ticket
Applegreen Lusk celebrates status as lucky store by lowering price of petrol and diesel to 88.5 cent per litre for a period earlier today
26 January 2017 | 0
Every time there’s a big lottery win in Ireland, we’re reminded of the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, when the whole world goes crazy looking for the golden ticket to visit Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Similar levels of hysteria were on show this week as everyone scrambles to identify the winners of this week’s EuroMillions draw, in which €88.5m was scooped by a winner or winners who are yet to reveal themselves publicly.
In contrast to earlier reports which suggested the ticket was bought in Cork, it has since been revealed that the winning ticket for Tuesday’s €88.5m EuroMillions jackpot was sold in the Applegreen service station on the M1 northbound in Lusk, Co Dublin.
To celebrate the win, the service station cut the price of petrol and diesel to 88.5 cent per litre for a period earlier today – a move greeted by queues of motorists eager to snap up the bargain.
National Lottery chief executive Dermot Griffin said the funds for the prize will not be transferred from the other countries that play the game until next Wednesday.
“While the jackpot will be available from next Wednesday, [the winners] have 90 days to decide when they want to come in and collect it,” Griffin said.
Previously this week, it was believed that the search for the winners had been “narrowed” to two locations in Cork. According to certain reports, the ticket was believed to have been purchased in one of these two locations: Fitzpatrick’s Shop and Bakery in Glounthane, and Janssen Pharmaceutical in Little Island. The shop has been inundated with phone calls and visitors from the media, with the staff there bemused that they themselves have become part of the hunt.
“Unpacking the newspapers is a little different today,” Fitzpatrick’s wrote on the shops’ Facebook page earlier this week – in reference to the Irish Independent and Irish Sun, “because we’re seeing ourselves on the cover!”