2 June 2017
By Tom Collins
Hickey’s Newsagent in Skibbereen is ‘luckiest’ lotto ticket seller in Cork, and third in Ireland.
So, should you travel to West Cork just to buy a ticket there? No. We must note that the more tickets a retailer sells, the ‘luckier’ they appear to be, insofar as the stats are solely based on wins. So, a retailer with a large throughput has a greater chance of selling a winning ticket. But, you still want to try don’t you? we understand.
The top ten ‘luckiest’ National Lottery retailers in Ireland since 1988 breakdown as follows:
|Retailer||Number of wins||Total Winnings|
|An Post G.P.O Dublin City||14||€15,054,036|
|O’Neill’s, Bridgend, Co. Donegal||12||€4,993,195|
|Hickey’s, Skibbereen, Co. Cork||9||€7,860,445|
|McKenna’s Texaco, Muff, Co. Donegal||9||€6,123,283|
|SuperValu, Finglas, Dublin 11 (Superquinn)||9||€3,879,613|
|Spar, Galtymore Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12||9||€3,987,313|
|Ardkeen Superstores, Dunmore Road, Co. Waterford||8||€19,507,321|
|Tesco Nutgrove S.C. Dublin 14||7||€5,020,664|
|Dalkey News Centre, Dalkey, Co. Dublin||6||€9,371,337|
|SuperValu, Pearse Street, Kinsale, Co. Cork||6||€8,574,413|
A National Lottery spokesperson said “Donegal and Cork feature twice in the top ten list, with Dublin coming in five times and Waterford once. We know that shops that have had multiple wins attract a lot of attention from visitors.“
Playing National Lottery funds good causes across Ireland. To date the National Lottery has raised over €4.9 billion for good causes. This level of funding has made a significant difference to communities, projects and individuals in the areas of Youth, Sports, Recreation, Amenities, Health, Welfare, Arts, Culture, National Heritage and the Irish Language.
However, playing the lottery is a form of gambling, and should be viewed as a form of entertainment, and not an investment.