Monday 21 August 2017

Hunt is on for Ireland's latest jackpot winner

'It is the second time this year that an Irish ticket has scooped the jackpot. A Dublin-based syndicate claimed €88m last January'
'It is the second time this year that an Irish ticket has scooped the jackpot. A Dublin-based syndicate claimed €88m last January'
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

The search continues for Ireland's newest millionaire after a lucky EuroMillions player scooped a €29m jackpot last Friday night.

National Lottery officials confirmed the winning ticket was sold here, but the locality is unlikely to be revealed until tomorrow to protect the identity of the lucky player.

It is the second time this year that an Irish ticket has scooped the jackpot. A Dublin-based syndicate claimed €88m last January.

National Lottery chief executive Dermot Griffin said: "We are absolutely delighted that the jackpot has been won by an Irish player. Irish people have been huge supporters of EuroMillions since it launched 13 years ago and the game has captured the imagination of players."

He added that many charities and communities benefit from EuroMillions.

"One third of all National Lottery sales, including EuroMillions, goes to good causes all over Ireland.

"Since we were founded in 1987 more than €4.9bn has been raised for good causes - benefiting communities and individuals all over the country in the area of health, education, sport, arts and heritage."

However, he was most excited about having a new Irish winner.

"This is a life-changing amount of money," added Mr Griffin.

Irish EuroMillions players have won more €1bn since the game was launched in 2004.

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