“It has been a roller coaster week,” was the reaction of the spokesperson a Mayo EuroMillions syndicate who travelled to the National Lottery HQ in Dublin to collect their cheque for a massive €29 million.
Mayo’s latest millionaires – who do not want to go public on their new-found fortune – bought the winning EuroMillion ticket in Garryduff XL Store Castlebar last Friday. The news is only now starting to sink in, they say.
“This has come as a huge shock, but we are thrilled. This will certainly make life easier for us all and will secure our futures,” said a spokesperson for the syndicate.
The group realised their win last Saturday when one of the syndicate members checked the EuroMillions numbers. The other syndicate members were then informed.
“It has been a roller coaster week with lots of butterflies in our stomachs and lots of different emotions. But we are keeping level heads … we will try to take it all in, and we will give it time before we decide what to do with our winnings.”
The winning quick-pick ticket was purchased from Umesh Kumar’s Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road, Castlebar. Incredibly, this was the second EuroMillions jackpot win for Castlebar, and the 11th EuroMillions jackpot win in Ireland since the lottery began in 2004. It brings to over €1 billion the total Irish EuroMillions winnings to date.
In April 2014 a jackpot prize worth a massive €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Staunton’s Costcutter Express in Castlebar. On that occasion the winner also did not go public.
National Lottery Chief Executive Dermot Griffin said today he was delighted to hand over the winning cheque to the syndicate.
“We always love seeing happy winners come into our winners’ room here in National Lottery headquarters. It is important these winners take the time and space to let the news sink in. This is an incredible amount of money to win, and we have recommended that the winners get independent financial and legal advice.”
Mr Griffin said there it is definitely a case of the ‘luck of the Irish’ when it comes to EuroMillions, “Not only do we now have our eleventh EuroMillions Jackpot winner but we have had 14 winners of EuroMillions Plus top prize of €500,000 so far this year. And this week we had a winner of the EuroMillions Match 5 Plus lucky star prize worth €369,210. Every week in Ireland we have around 100,000 players who win a cash prize on EuroMillions.”
The most recent Irish EuroMillions jackpot winner was a Dublin work syndicate who shared a gigantic €88.5 million jackpot in January 2017.