THE lucky winner of last week’s €94m Euromillions jackpot collected their prize money today in Dublin.
The winner becomes Ireland's 96th richest person and is choosing to keep their identity hidden, sneaking in and out of the National Lottery’s city centre headquarters in Dublin to claim the prize.
The person, who wishes to remain anonymous, said to lotto officials "I'm absolutely thrilled. Dreams do come true.
“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 lucky winner shared the jackpot of over €187m from the draw with a player in Belgium. This is the second largest jackpot win in the history of the National Lottery, after Dolores McNamara’s €115m in mid 2005. In July 2008, a €15m winning ticket was sold in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary while a €29.4m jackpot winning ticket was sold in Dublin in June 2009.
The jackpot prize had been rolling since June 7th and the National Lottery said it generated almost €5million “for good causes in Ireland”.
Press Officer for the National Lottery Nuala Kane said that they “respect the wishes of the winner to keep their identity secret, but we will release the name of the winning ticket selling store at a later date”.