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Sunday 23 October 2016

Celebrations far from purr-fect for Dublin Bus driver who scooped Euromillions - as family cat Baby dies

'My son loved the cat, it was loved better than me sometimes' - driver's mother

Published 07/07/2016 | 08:46

Celebrations are a little less than purr-fect for one of the members of the Dublin Bus EuroMillions syndicate - whose family pet has died.

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The busman, who was part of the syndicate of 22 drivers which scooped the €24m jackpot last week, had to cut short his celebrations to rush home to , his family cat of 15 years.

The millionaire’s mother told the Irish Sun: “My poor little cat had to be put down yesterday. The little cat… 15 years. It was actually his dad’s cat… my husband’s cat. My son loved the cat, it was loved better than me sometimes.”

The millionair bus drivers who manned the 25, 66, and 67 bus routes have been celebrating since they heard the news on Friday.

At least five of the millionaire bus drivers turned up to work at 7am on Monday - despite realising they'd won the lottery less than 48 hours ago.

While two of the syndicate winners, who work from Monday to Friday, turned up at the depot early on Saturday morning after hearing of the win.

The jackpot was the fourth-highest EuroMillions prize awarded in Ireland and the second major syndicate win for Irish punters this year.

A group of friends collected €66m in January after sharing the €132m jackpot with another winner in France.

A syndicate won €87m in Ballybrack in 2014 and €94m was also won in north Dublin in 2013.

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