Lucky 13 from Inishowen win Irish Lotto

The staff of Cullen's Shop, Cockhill celebrate selling the winning Lotto ticket. Pictured are:  Cormac Cullen, Phyllis Carter, Catherine Bradley and Cathal Cullen.
The staff of Cullen's Shop, Cockhill celebrate selling the winning Lotto ticket. Pictured are: Cormac Cullen, Phyllis Carter, Catherine Bradley and Cathal Cullen.
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A syndicate of 13 people who work in Forward Emphasis International in Malin Head won last night’s Irish Lotto, worth almost 4.9 million euro.

The group are “over the moon” with their big win, which has yet to “sink in.”

Each person will receive 375,000 euro each, with the lucky winners named as Amanda McFadden, Marie McLaughlin, Maria Doherty, Annemarie Jordan, Patricia Quigley, Helen Doherty, Anna McKinney, Linda McDaid, Maria McCauley, Liam Bradley, Jimmy Bradley, Kelly McMonagle and Claire McElhinney. All of the winners are from Inishowen, with two - Anna McKinney and Liam Bradley - from Derry.

The ticket was bought in Cullen’s Shop, Cockhill, who said they are “just delighted.”

Amanda McFadden told the ‘Journal’ she thought “it was a joke” when she was told the news last night.

She said: “One of the girls sent a picture of the ticket and I thought: “That can’t be real.” I still can’t believe it. It’s a great wee boost and we’re all just over the moon.”

Amanda, who was on her way back to work this morning, said all her colleagues had been “very supportive.”

“They’re all delighted,” she said.

Cathal Cullen of Cullen’s Shop said he “got a bit of a shock” when the National Lottery phoned him last night.

He said: “The lottery representative rang about 11pm and asked me if I was sitting down or standing up. Then they told me we’d sold the winning lotto ticket. We’re delighted. It’s a nice figure for each of them to have.”

It’s the first time in the shop’s 70-year-history that a winning lotto ticket has been sold and Cathal said he hopes the win is a good omen for the Donegal teams’ All Ireland football finals on Sunday.