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Thursday 17 April 2014

EuroMillions winner pockets cheque

An anonymous winner is celebrating taking home a 94 million euro lottery jackpot

Ireland's newest lottery millionaire has collected a cheque for 94 million euro - the second biggest EuroMillions prize in the country.

The winner, who has chosen to remain anonymous, called into the National Lottery offices in central Dublin to pick up the life-changing win after splitting the 188 million euro jackpot with someone in Belgium.

"I'm absolutely thrilled. Dreams do come true," the winner said.

"The news is still sinking in so for the moment I'd like to keep the win private.

"I'm looking forward to thinking about all the opportunities that are now open to me. It's a really exciting time"

The winner, who correctly matched five numbers and two lucky stars in the draw on Tuesday June 24, leaps on to number 96 on Ireland's rich list.

The jackpot had been rolling since June 7 and was the second largest on offer in the EuroMillions game to date.

The National Lottery in Ireland has refused to release any details on the winner only to say that the ticket was bought in Dublin and that it will release the name of the store that sold the ticket at a later date.

There have been four jackpot wins since the EuroMillions game launched in Ireland in 2004, with Limerick woman Dolores McNamara holding the record for the largest win of more than 115 million euro in 2005.

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