17 Million Euro Lottery Jackpot Winners Plan to ‘Shop Locally’


Thurles is fast becoming a lucky town and Eason in Thurles a reputation as Ireland’s luckiest store. The odds of selling a multi-million dollar lottery ticket once are slim, the odds of doing so twice in eight months are astronomical.

However, store owner Tom O’Toole continued to sell a ticket that won a € 7.5million jackpot last year by selling a € 17million winner at EuroMillions last week. .

“We have to be the luckiest store in Europe,” said O’Toole.

The ticket was bought by a union of 32 people who work at Stakelum’s hardware store in the town of Co Tipperary.

The celebrations were postponed, however, due to the death of a union member’s father just before the draw.

On Friday, the group arrived at the National Lottery headquarters by bus to collect their prize, which amounts to € 531,250 per person.

The union led by Gérard Sammon, who organized the lottery ticket for 20 of the 22 years he worked at Stakelum, has been acclaimed by the lottery staff.

The group had never earned anything of serious value before, but now there are two couples who are officially millionaires, all four working in the store.

Hardly believe

Mr. Sammon, like most big lottery winners, could hardly believe his luck after seeing the draw result and kept the winning ticket by his bed all night.

“It’s surreal because you don’t know what to feel. I didn’t get much sleep, ”he said.

He drove straight to Dublin the day after the draw and deposited the ticket before spreading the good news to the union.

Mr Sammon said he saved up to go on a Florida cruise with musicians Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris and Josh Ritter. He will no longer need to save.

Another member, David Foy (29), said he now finds himself with more money than he ever dreamed of. “It’s getting real,” he said, standing with a glass of champagne in his hand.

Is he going to buy a new car?

“I could buy tires for the van,” he said.

Mr Foy said he intended to continue working rather than resting on his earnings.

“I’m ready for life, but we’re gonna keep our feet on the ground for a little while.”

Marie Loughnane, who has worked at Stakelum’s for 29 years, also has no plans to pack the job. “I have five children aged 20 to 32. They will help me spend it.

There are 75 employees at Stakelum and judging by the seniority of the union members and their willingness to continue working after this victory, it appears to be a popular employer.

“I’ve been with them for 23 years,” said Joe Connolly (40). “It’s a lovely family and a great company to work for. There is a great culture and a spirit there. Everyone is doing it.

“The victory is big for the city of Thurles because the money will flow. We will buy locally.


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