€1m winning lottery ticket sold in Carrickmacross

Lotto Plus 1 Quick Pick combination was sold on Saturday

A local family-run store located in the heart of Carrickmacross has been revealed as the selling location for Saturday night’s Lotto Plus 1 top prize of €1,000,000. The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold on the day of the draw (4th September) at Birdys Newsagents on the Main Street in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.

Store manager, Colm Birdy, was overjoyed to hear the good news from the weekend: “What a time for a win! With the Lotto jackpot rolling for a good few weeks now, it’s great to hear that one of our customers has come into a nice bit of luck and won themselves €1,000,000. Back in 2013, we sold a winning Lotto Plus 2 ticket worth €250,000 and there was a great buzz around the town after that. Our customers were all coming in for the craic and banter when the news got out and to check their tickets over the few days after the draw. I’m sure as news gets out about this win that it’ll be the same again. We have lots of local customers from the area so it would be lovely if it was someone from the town who has won. Our family-run store is coming up to its 100-year anniversary after our family took over in 1928 so it’s great to see a Lotto win, and hopefully another few, before then too.”

Colm Birdy (right) owner of Birdy’s Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan celebrates with shop assistant Trish O’Donoghue with a little help from David Woods (left) from the National Lottery as the news broke that they had sold last Saturdays (4th September 2021) Lotto Plus 1 €1million winning ticket. Photo: Justin Mac Innes Photography Photo by Justin Mac Innes / Mac Innes Photography, Justin Mac Innes / Mac Innes Pho

The National Lottery is urging Lotto players in Monaghan to check their tickets carefully as Ireland’s newest Lotto millionaire has yet to come forward. The winning ticket holder is advised to sign the back of their ticket and keep it in a safe place. They should contact the prize claims team on 1800 666 222 or claims@lottery.ie and arrangements will be made for them to claim their prize.

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s Lotto jackpot could become the highest jackpot seen in the game in over 10 years. As there was no winner of the €13,612,936 jackpot on offer on Saturday night, Wednesday’s jackpot is now set to roll to an estimated €14 million. Excitement continues to build all over the country as a potential single winner of the life-changing amount could become the 8th highest Lotto jackpot winner since the game was launched in 1988. The last time that a jackpot reached a similar amount was in March 2011 when two players from Cavan and Cork shared a jackpot of €14,037,236.