A Kilkenny family has claimed the Lotto jackpot of over €8.5 million which was won in the south of the county earlier this month.

The winning ticket was sold on 7 May at Blanchfield's Centra shop in Mooncoin for that evening's jackpot draw.

Speculation has been circulating in the area since the identity of the ticket-selling store was revealed and National Lottery HQ has confirmed that the prize has been claimed.

The family involved, who are from Co Kilkenny, want to keep the win private but travelled to Dublin to claim the prize of €8,508,720.

"We've actually been quite relaxed about it all which makes it all the more strange," said one of the winners.

"You always think that when you win the Lotto you will be jumping around and spraying champagne, but we've been quite sensible in the last few weeks and kept our feet firmly on the ground."

The family syndicate member said they checked the ticket three days after the draw and realised they had won the jackpot.

"We are an incredibly level-headed family and I know that this win won't affect us one bit. It won't change who we are, but it will certainly make things like paying off mortgages and paying bills an awful lot easier."

They said they will "sit tight" for a couple of months before making any spending plans, apart from supporting a local charity.

It was the second major win for Blanchfield's Centra in recent years, after they sold a €6.8m jackpot-winning ticket in December of 2019.