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Hunt on for 5m euros lottery winner

The hunt is on in County Donegal for the mystery winner of a lottery ticket worth five million euros.

The winning numbers were sold in Doherty's Costcutters in Ballybofey on Saturday, but the prize has not yet been claimed.

The owner, Michael Doherty, said he hopes the lucky winner is a local.

"It's amazing to think someone walked into our shop with four euros and walked out with five million, that's some return," he said.

"This is the first big win for the shop.

"We have another store in Carndonagh and we've sold a quarter of a million euro ticket before, and we've had customers on Winning Streak, but this is the first time we've hit the jackpot.

"It's absolutely fantastic, it's nice to be talking about good news and about something positive for a change.

"The excitement's at fever pitch in Ballybofey at the moment for the staff, and with all the locals coming in trying to rub off on a bit of the luck and trying to guess who the winner is, it's been a brilliant weekend."

Mr Doherty explained that while he has no idea who the winner is, he has a hunch it's someone local.

"It was a four euro purchase and the winner picked their own numbers so maybe it was a regular player in our store, but really that's just pure speculation," he said.

"We were chatting about it yesterday and my six-year-old daughter misunderstood and assumed we'd won the lotto, she was already planning a trip to Disneyland.

"Whoever they are, they've won a tremendous amount of money, and good luck to them."