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Irish EuroMillions Winners Arrive by Bus to Pick Up Prize

After nearly a week of rumours about a syndicate of Dublin Bus employees becoming Ireland’s ninth EuroMillions jackpot winners, the 22 lucky players arrived at Irish National Lottery headquarters in the capital yesterday on a specially-commissioned double decker. The 21 drivers and an inspector each received a slice of more than €1 million from the €23.8 million jackpot won last Friday 1st July.

The members of the lottery group range in ages from 36 to 63 and those still employed by the transport firm are likely to all return to their jobs once the celebrations have died down. “As far as I know, we’re all going back to work,” said David Doherty who lives in the Finglas area of Dublin. John Brady, who has spent more than four decades at the firm added, “We’re all still working except for one of the lads who retired last January. He paid up until November so he was lucky.” John also praised Dublin Bus and thanked them for looking after the shellshocked winners since news had leaked at the weekend about their good fortune.

The big win is the first time the syndicate has shared a cash amount between themselves, although John told the assembled press at yesterday’s event that they regularly pooled a number of smaller wins at Christmas and donated the funds to members of the group who had suffered a bereavement or been ill.

You can see the full prize breakdown from Friday’s draw at the EuroMillions results section.

Ireland sits eighth out of the nine participating EuroMillions nations in terms of producing jackpot winners, well ahead of Luxembourg, which has seen two top prizes claimed by its players since it joined in 2004. The bus workers are the second ticket holders from the Emerald Isle to scoop a multimillion-Euro bounty in 2016, following a family syndicate who shared €132.3 million with a French player on 29th January. “The luck of the Irish is holding out - we’re punching above our weight,” said Jenny Fisher of the Irish National Lottery, “winning the EuroMillions jackpot twice in one year and our country only accounts for 2% of the population so it’s fantastic.”

The fact that both Irish winners of 2016 have been syndicates shows the power of playing as part of a lottery group. Syndicates can afford to play more tickets in each draw than individuals, spreading the cost across the members and slashing the odds of winning one or more of the array of prizes on offer. Take a look at the Syndicates section to find out more about this popular way of taking part in EuroMillions.

Tonight’s jackpot is worth £20 million (€23 million) and you can buy EuroMillions tickets online or from authorised retailers in any of the participating nations. Maybe you will follow in the footsteps of the Irish bus workers and claim your very own EuroMillions fortune!

Published: Fri, 8 July 2016 - 10:21am
Last Updated: Wed, 29 March 2017 - 11:18am
Published By: Euro-Millions.com