A THIRD of all new Lotto millionaires bought their tickets in Cork in 2018.
Of the 14 tickets that were purchased this year that one a million euros or more, five were bought from Cork shops. The winners this year included the more than €5.6m jackpot one in Crosshaven in March and the €8.3m jackpot won in Dunnes Stores in Bishopstown in August.
The five Cork winners were:
March: €5,685,384 — Centra, Crosshaven.
August €8,347,497 — Dunnes Stores, Bishopstown Court.
October: €1,000,000 — Costcutter, Limerick Road, Mallow.
November: €1,000,000 — Centra, Main Street, Carrigtwohill.
November: €1,000,000 — Spar Applegreen, Cork Road, Skibbereen.
The Bishopstown jackpot was the second largest won in the country this year. In May, a person won €8.5m in Galway.
The figures were released by the National Lottery ahead of the tonight’s lottery draw where the jackpot is expected to reach €6.5m.
“The Lotto jackpot has been rolling since Saturday, October 6, and excitement is well and truly building nationwide ahead of tonight’s massive €6.5 million jackpot,” a spokesperson said.
“If you win tonight’s Lotto jackpot, or the Lotto Plus 1 top prize of €1 million, you will become the 15th Lotto millionaire of 2018.”