Irish EuroMillions Winner Lands a Massive £152m
An Irish lottery player has landed a huge £152 million through EuroMillions. Locals say the country’s biggest EuroMillions jackpot ‘couldn’t have happened to nicer people’.
The winner of a €175m (£152m) EuroMillions jackpot who phoned Ireland’s national lottery to claim the prize was described as “very together” and “surprisingly calm”.
The news was spreading on Wednesday of the country’s biggest-ever jackpot.
The lucky ticket was bought at a store called Reilly’s Daybreak, in Naul, a village north of Dublin, prompting jubilation among staff and customers.
The winning numbers 01, 08, 18, 19, 39 and “lucky stars” 07 and 09 in the Europe-wide lottery were drawn in Paris on Tuesday night.
Miriam Donohoe, a spokesperson for Ireland’s Lotto, said the ticket-holder rang its Dublin office on Wednesday morning sounding composed and calm. “We can confirm we have heard from the holder of the winning ticket but are not in a position to give any more details at the moment.”
As a result, rumours spread on social media that the ticket had been bought through syndicate based in Duleek.
Couldn’t have happened to nicer people!
Thomas Byrne, a TD for Meath East, also had some kind words about the win.
“I’m absolutely delighted to hear that the EuroMillions was won in the constituency.”
“From what I’m hearing (and don’t ask me!), it couldn’t have happened to nicer people. Congratulations!”
Moreover, Sharon Keogan, a county councilor, tweeted: “Get Duleek cleaned up quick, the world’s media is on its way. What a fabulous amount of money to win for this extended family.”
In addition, it’s the biggest Lotto jackpot won by an Irish ticket-holder.
As well as this, a couple from Moira set the island’s previous EuroMillions record in January with a £115m jackpot.
Frances and Patrick Connolly said that upon realising they had won, they sat in silence and stared at each other for 10 minutes, then made a cup of tea. Furthermore, they told a press conference they would share the prize with 50 friends and relatives.