Irish EuroMillions winner comes forward to claim €38.9
The EuroMillions lottery ticket that won €38.9m last Friday was sold in Malahide, Co Dublin, Ireland’s National Lottery confirmed today.
The winner made contact with the Lottery office in Dublin on Tuesday when the office reopened after the Christmas break.
The Quick Pick ticket was purchased at The Village Shop in Malahide Shopping Centre last Friday.
The numbers drawn were 04, 08, 22, 23, 48 and Lucky Stars 1 and 12.
Because it is a Europe-wide lottery it will take time to collect the different portions of the prize from the national lotteries in participating countries.
The winner, who is remaining anonymous for now, can expect to pick up their cheque within the next fortnight.
National Lottery spokesperson Miriam Donohoe said: “The holder of the ticket has been in touch and we have verified it with them. We are making arrangements for them to come in and pick up the winning prize.
“It won’t be this week. It’ll be within the next two weeks. We told the shop that sold the ticket this morning and there was great excitement.”
Last year a Dublin work syndicate scooped €88.5m in January and an anonymous individual win €28m in Mayo.
Dolores McNamara was Ireland’s first ever EuroMillions Lottery winner in 2005 when she won €115 million, a record amount.
Dermot Griffin, chief executive of the National Lottery, said that last year had been a bumper one for Irish EuroMillions players, with winnings amounting to €171.9 million.
“This has been an amazing year for our EuroMillions players and what a way to finish with our third jackpot winner on Friday.
“We are urging anyone who bought a EuroMillions ticket for Friday’s draw to check their numbers to see if they are the holder of the golden ticket worth l €38,906,715.00. We don’t know if it’s a single winner or a syndicate.”
“We advise anybody who has this ticket to keep it safe- until they can get into the National Lottery office to make their claim We are open after the New Year break on Tuesday.”
The winning numbers from the draw are: 4, 8, 22, 23 and 48, with lucky stars 1 and 12. EuroMillions players in Ireland won more than €170 million in prize money last year, including last Friday’s €38.9 million jackpot. The win in Dublin was the third major jackpot won in Ireland in 2017.
In January of last year a Dublin work syndicate claimed an €88.5 million EuroMillions jackpot with a winning ticket sold at the Applegreen Service Station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co Dublin. They unidentified winners said in a statment:
“We all have bills to pay with mortgages, loans and whatnot so we are looking forward to the financial freedom that comes with a win of this magnitude.”
Last July a West of Ireland syndicate won almost €29 million on a ticket sold in the Garryduff XL Store, in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. There were 31 winners of the EuroMillions Plus totalling €15.5 million.