A Kerry punter landed more than €250,000 on Saturday night after matching five numbers and getting the bonus ball.
However, the player who bought the ticket in Beaufort in Co. Kerry came within just one number of last night’s mega €16,419,005 jackpot.
But matching five numbers and the bonus still landed a massive €257,723.
The winning Normal Play ticket was purchased on the day of the draw at Carson’s Daybreak store in Beaufort village at the foot of Carrantuohill mountain in Co. Kerry.
Owner of the winning store, Melvin Carson, who is a 5th generation storekeeper in Beaufort village, was thrilled to hear that one of his customers had scooped the Lotto prize of €257,723.
Mr Carson said: “My phone rang late on Saturday night and when I saw it was from the National Lottery, my heart nearly stopped because I knew I must have sold a big winner. What a story that would have been, to have a €16 million euro winner in such a small Kerry village.
“It’s not the jackpot prize but it’s still a brilliant prize for one of my customers to win. We are a very small, close knit community down here in Beaufort and I can guarantee that whoever it is, it will be such a well deserving prize.
"We are a small local convenience store and post office with five employees so it’s a tremendous feeling here knowing that one of our customers is over a quarter of a million euro richer this morning. I know the entire village will be buzzing at this news so we wish them every bit of success with their win."
The winning numbers for last night’s draw were: 09, 14, 22, 24, 37, 44 and the bonus was 45.