Thursday 8 December 2016

Irish Euromillions winner will have to wait until next week to collect massive €66m win

Denise Calnan and Ryan Nugent

Published 02/02/2016 | 02:30

The National Lottery confirmed it had been contacted by the winner and offered them preliminary advice. (Stock image)
The National Lottery confirmed it had been contacted by the winner and offered them preliminary advice. (Stock image)

Ireland's Euromillions winner will have to wait at least five days before they can come to collect their €66m win.

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The massive win has yet to hit the bank account of the National Lottery, and it could be the end of the week by the time the cash comes through.

National Lottery Chief Executive Dermot Griffin told RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland that the money still needs to be collected from the other countries.

He said the Lottery's Prizewinner Centre spoke to one person who claimed the Euromillions win, but there is still a possibility the win could be for a syndicate.

"One person rang the centre. Naturally when you become a multimillionaire it takes a bit of getting use to, but we're there to help them and we'll be in contact with them over the next few days.

"We will give them a bit of time and advice," he said.

"They can then make the arrangements to come in and pick up the cheque,

"We spoke to one person on the phone, but again it could have been a syndicate or a family syndicate or they could be on their own, we just don't know.

"We congratulated the person in question and we gave them some advice, to sign the back of their ticket and to keep their ticket safe," he continued.

"The money still needs to be collected from the other countries, the jackpot is pooled of course, so it will certainly be the end of this week before the money arrives in Ireland and we can pay it out.

"So this person has plenty of time to decide when it suits them to come in and collect the money."

Mr Griffin said it is National Lottery policy not to reveal the specific area of the win when the money in question is so large.

"When they come in we have a booklet that we give to all the big winners, we also have a video which Craig Doyle shot on our behalf given them some tax advice and some professional assistance.

"We're also here for them if they have any other specific questions or queries.

"They can ring us anytime, we have people who have dealth with a number of these multimillion euro wins now."

Rumours

Rumours the winning ticket was bought in Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford have been dismissed by the Mace store owner John Brady who said it is 'pure speculation'.

He said he has dealt with close to 2,000 people in the past 24 hours enquiring as to whether he sold the winning ticket. He said it was the only thing on the minds of local people.

He pointed out that until somebody claims the winnings, the seller could be from any part of the country.

"It's still a rumour and we haven't heard anything to say that it actually is from here - no official has contacted us about it, but there has been great excitement around the area because of the speculation.

"I must have had 2,000 people coming in or ringing me and asking me about it in the last 24 hours, because we're the only shop in the area that sells lottery tickets.

"It's only a small village, with 600-700 people and one pub that's actually open, so it's a very tight-knit community.

"To me, it's all been blown out of proportion a bit. We're a bit embarrassed by it, but good luck to whoever won it.

"I hope it's someone from around here and I hope it's someone who really needed it."

Spokeswoman for the National Lottery Paula McEvoy said she wouldn't be surprised if the winners decided to take their time.

"You have 90 days to collect the prize and some people leave it quite late. They can give themselves time to talk to advisers and their friends and family, but then again some people like to get the money first and then think about what they're going to do about it.

"We provide very general advice, practical advice for people when they come into big wins, but a lot of the time when people come to collect their winnings, they've already thought about what they might do."

It is the policy of the National Lottery not to reveal the location of the winning ticket seller for Euromillions jackpots.

"We'll respect the wishes of the winner with regards to whether they want it to be public or private," said Ms McEvoy.

The latest windfall is Ireland's eighth major Euromillions win.

The biggest win was in 2005, when Limerick woman, Dolores McNamara scooped more than €115m.

Irish Independent

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