Spar Kinlough sells €11 million Lotto ticket

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Ciara McGloin, Aoife McGowan, Noel McGowan, Martina McGowan, Kevin McGowan, Siobhan Mearon, Sinead Malaniff and Aoife McGowan, celebrating outside McGowans Spar shop in Kinlough, Co. Leitrim, where the winning €11 million Lotto ticket was sold (Photo: James Connolly)

McGowan's Spar sells jackpot-winning ticket once again, following another jackpot of over €250,000 which was won last year



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23 August 2016

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A Spar retailer from Kinlough, Co Leitrim sold the winning Lotto ticket at the weekend.

Noel McGowan who owns McGowan’s Spar shop in Kinlough says it is still unknown who the lucky person is that has scooped over €11 million in the weekend draw.

“We are absolutely delighted for the winner. We would like to wish them the best of luck and we hope that they enjoy their good fortune. It has created a great buzz for the locality,” said McGowan.

Kinlough has a population of just over 350 people and there is still plenty of speculation as to who might have won the €11,179,621 fortune.

“Everyone is checking their tickets and wondering who it is but no one knows yet,” said McGowan. “There’s lots of rumours and speculation. We’ve no idea yet. There were lots of passersby on Saturday.”

This part of the country receives hundreds of tourists during the summer months with the Donegal town of Bundoran just a few kilometres away so there were a lot of extra people in the area over the weekend meaning the winner of the jackpot could have been a holiday maker.

The winning numbers were 10, 11, 12, 15, 18 and 19.

This is not the first time that Noel McGowan has sold winning Lotto tickets at his Spar shop in the north Leitrim village with another jackpot of over €250,000 won last year.

“Last October we sold a Lotto Plus jackpot of €250,000 and 10 years ago there was a lotto jackpot of €3m with six winners, we sold two of those winners. They each got €225,000,” he explained.




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