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Irish Player Wins €175 Million EuroMillions Jackpot

A ticket holder from Ireland has become the country’s biggest lottery winner after landing a EuroMillions jackpot of €175 million (£152 million). The lucky player matched all five main numbers and both Lucky Stars on Tuesday 19th February to snap up one of the largest prizes ever seen on the game.

The winning numbers were 1, 8, 18, 19 and 39, with Lucky Stars 7 and 9. Over 36 million entries were made into the draw, with more than 3 million of those winning prizes, but there was just a single ticket that matched the full winning line.

It was quickly confirmed that the all-important winning entry had been sold in Ireland, and the Irish National Lottery has already heard from a player who ‘seems to have the winning ticket’.

The player was able to give a unique serial number from the ticket and sounded 'surprisingly calm' on the phone, although the win has yet to be verified. The winner has 90 days to officially make their claim, otherwise they will miss out on the nine-figure windfall.

Winning Shop Revealed

It was initially thought that the shop that sold the winning ticket would not be disclosed for a few days, but it was later revealed to be a store in The Naul, County Dublin. Lee Reilly owns the Daybreak on Main Street and was delighted to be contacted with the good news.

“I’m over the moon and can’t believe it,” said Reilly, whose store will receive a €25,000 bonus. Miriam Donohoe, a spokesperson for the Irish National Lottery, added: “For a small community like The Naul, it gives the community a huge lift and creates a great buzz of excitement.”

There has been no official word about the identity of the claimant yet and they are set to be guided through the claims process amid the ongoing speculation. It could be that the ticket belongs to an individual or a syndicate, and they will have the choice to go public or stay anonymous.

Dermot Griffin, Irish National Lottery CEO, said it was a good idea for the winner not to rush into any big decisions, while they should also ‘stay calm and get good independent legal and financial advice’. Griffin added: “This has been an incredibly lucky period for players on the island of Ireland. In January a Northern Ireland couple won an amazing €127 million in the EuroMillions jackpot. The luck of the Irish is definitely in the air."

New Irish Record

This is the 14th time that the jackpot has been won in Ireland. The previous record for the biggest win had stood for almost 14 years, dating back to the €115 million claimed by Dolores McNamara in July 2005.

It was also one of the biggest jackpots of all time, having rolled over since a Superdraw took place on Friday 1st February. One more rollover and the top prize might have reached its cap of €190 million, which has only previously happened on three occasions.

Excitement is now sure to keep building until the winner's claim is confirmed and more information becomes available, so stay with Euro-Millions.com for all the latest news. You can also check your tickets to see if you are due a prize from any recent draw. If you missed out this time, the jackpot will reset to €17 million (£14 million) for Friday’s draw.

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Published: Wed, 20 February 2019 - 9:05am
Last Updated: Wed, 20 February 2019 - 2:19pm
Published By: Euro-Millions.com