The winners bought their ticket at the Garryduff XL Store in Castlebar, Co Mayo, and quickly made contact with the Irish National Lottery after they discovered they had matched the full winning line. They have now collected their cheque from the lottery’s Dublin headquarters and revealed just what the money will mean to them, although they have chosen to keep their identities private.
One of the delighted winners said: “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. It has been a rollercoaster week with lots of butterflies in our stomachs and lots of different emotions. But we are keeping level heads and we will try to take it all in and we will give it time before we decide what to do with our winnings.”
The lucky players have also been congratulated by Irish National Lottery chief executive Dermot Griffin. He said: “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.”
Ireland has now produced 11 jackpot winners since EuroMillions was launched in 2004, including two this year. Castlebar also has a proud tradition, having sold a ticket worth €15 million in Staunton’s Costcutter Express in April 2014.
Ireland’s win on 7th July was followed up by a Portuguese player landing €17 million last Tuesday, but a rollover in the most recent draw on Friday has pushed the jackpot up to £21 million (€25 million) ahead of tomorrow’s game. You can try to win by choosing numbers online or visiting an authorised retailer in any of the participating countries. Good luck!