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Thursday 29 September 2016

National Lottery won't reveal where ticket for €66m prize was sold to 'protect winner'

Published 30/01/2016 | 02:30

News of the latest Irish jackpot win comes some 16 months after somebody in Dublin claimed a Euromillions jackpot worth €87m in September 2014. (Stock image)
News of the latest Irish jackpot win comes some 16 months after somebody in Dublin claimed a Euromillions jackpot worth €87m in September 2014. (Stock image)

The National Lottery won't be revealing where the winning Euromillions jackpot was sold in order to protect the identity of the winner.

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Last night it emerged that a co-winning ticket for the €132m jackpot was sold somewhere in Ireland. The winner hasn't yet contacted the National Lottery to claim their winnings.

However, a spokesperson for the National Lottery, Paula McEvoy said that they won’t be releasing any information about the selling agent so the winner can get used to the idea of their windfall.

“We  won’t be releasing agent selling details as with Lotto wins. This is to safeguard the player. These wins are extremely large and every winner has 90 days to claim their prizes at the HQ in Dublin.

"In order to protect the winner – who hopefully is aware of their good fortune by now – to give them a chance to come to terms with it and come to terms with the prize."

The hunt is on for Ireland's newest multi-millionaire after an Irish player shared the Euromillions jackpot.

The lucky person scooped a massive €66,188,316 in last night's draw and will share the top prize - a jackpot of just over €132m - with a winner from France.

It is not known yet where in Ireland the ticket was bought.

The prize was won with a match of five numbers - 1, 5, 23, 29, 32 - and the lucky stars 1 and 7.

The winner is not obliged to go public.

However, he or she has 90 days to bring their golden ticket to the National Lottery Headquarters on Lower Abbey Street in Dublin.

Last night's draw was the 872nd Euromillions draw.

Two other Irish players won a more modest prize of €4,209 each, matching four numbers and two lucky stars each, and 137 people won more than €100 each.

Mystery

News of the latest Irish jackpot win comes some 16 months after somebody in Dublin claimed a Euromillions jackpot worth €87m in September 2014.

Three months earlier, a mystery winner scooped €94m when they bought a winning ticket in a Mace shop in Beaumont, Dublin. Other big wins include €12.8m in September 2013 and €15m in March that year.

Limerick woman Dolores McNamara still holds the record for winning the highest jackpot in Ireland, when she picked up a €115m in 2005.

Irish Independent

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