The lucky syndicate scooped the top prize in the supplementary EuroMillions Plus game on Tuesday 9th October, and quickly realised the next day when they got together at work. Some of the players had heard that the winning ticket was sold at Sinnott’s Supermarket in the centre of New Ross, and were eagerly waiting to find out if it was them.
“We checked the ticket as soon as we got to work and it was just madness once we found out,” said the head of the syndicate. “Not everybody at work is in the syndicate but there has been a genuine outpouring of support and best wishes for us all.”
The syndicate, who have decided to keep their identities private, collected their cheque from Irish National Lottery headquarters a few days later and kept their cards close to their chest when asked what they planned to do with their winnings. They do not want to rush into making any major decisions, but they are all determined to help out their loved ones as much as they can.
“We still haven’t really thought about how this massive win will affect us,” they said. “We are all at different stages of our lives so have different plans for spending our share. The one thing we have in common is that we all want to make a difference to our families lives. We’ll take a little bit of time before we make any big decisions for our money.”
It was a Quick Pick ticket which netted the syndicate their €500,000, and staff from Sinnott’s Supermarket posed for photographs in celebration of the news. The owner, Martin Sinnott, had said earlier in the week that there had been a ‘great buzz around the town’, and he was ‘fairly confident’ the winner was local.
The advantage of playing in a syndicate is that you can easily enter more lines than if you are buying tickets on your own. The only way to boost your chances of winning is to enter more lines, but if you are playing as an individual you might decide it costs too much to play multiple entries.
By joining forces with others, you can pay the same amount as if you are buying a single line but you will then own a share of several entries. Even if you miss out on a prize in the main EuroMillions draw, you might get lucky in one of the associated games like the Wexford syndicate did in EuroMillions Plus.
You don’t even have to round up work colleagues or neighbours if you want to play in a group, as you can join an online syndicate to increase your chances of winning the next big jackpot. The organisational work is done on your behalf and you can purchase more shares if you want a larger slice of any prize the group might win.
Jackpot Passes £30 Million
The EuroMillions jackpot will be worth an estimated £32 million (€36 million) on Tuesday night, having rolled over for the past two draws. A Swiss player had previously won £144 million (€162 million) on 2nd October, before a Belgian ticket holder snapped up £14.9 million (€17 million) in the very next draw.
The month of October has traditionally been very lucky for players, with only September and January having produced more jackpot winners since EuroMillions was launched in 2004. Find out more winner statistics ahead of the next draw, then why not see if you can land yourself a big prize?