Lucky lottery player in Cork scoops €250k

Lucky lottery player in Cork scoops €250k
Seamus Kearney, owner of Kearney’s Centra store in Ballydesmond, Co. Cork celebrates after he sells a winning ticket worth €250,000 in Wednesday night's Lotto Plus 2 draw.

Residents of Ballydesmond were celebrating this morning after the National Lottery confirmed the winning location of last night’s Lotto Plus 2 top prize of €250,000.

The winning Lotto Plus 2 Quick Pick ticket was purchased at Kearney’s Centra store in the rural Cork village which has a population of just over 200 people.

Kearney’s store which has been operating in the local community for over 150 years is based in the heart of the village which is situated on the border of Cork and east Kerry.

The winning numbers from the Lotto Plus 2 draw were: 06, 09, 10, 30, 34, 47 and the bonus: 29.

Speaking on selling the winning ticket for last night’s Lotto Plus 2 win of €250,000, owner of the winning Centra store, Seamus Kearney said, “It’s absolutely magical! This is our first big Lotto win and we are absolutely thrilled. The entire village is on tenterhooks this morning as they wait to hear the latest news from the winner who could well be from the village. Make no mistake about it, €250,000 will be a life-changing sum for many of our customers and this is the sort of good news and excitement that the community of Ballydesmond needed after all of the recent worries with storm Ellen. We’re going to enjoy the day celebrating with our customers today and whoever the winner is, we as a community wish them all the very best and we hope that they enjoy their new found fortune,” he said.

The National Lottery has now urged all Lotto players, especially those who purchased a ticket in Ballydesmond to check their tickets carefully.

"If you are the lucky winner, sign the back of the ticket and contact the National Lottery Prize Claims team on 1800 666 222 or email claims@lottery.ie and arrangements will be made for the prize to be claimed," a spokesperson for the National Lottery said.

There was no winner of the Lotto jackpot last night and no winner of the Lotto Plus 1 top prize.

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