Tuesday 19 September 2017

Syndicate comes forward to claim €12.8m jackpot Lotto win

The staff at SuperValu in Knocklyon Shopping Centre celebrate as they sold the winning lottery ticket on Wednesday night for €12,849,224. Photo Steve Humphreys
The staff at SuperValu in Knocklyon Shopping Centre celebrate as they sold the winning lottery ticket on Wednesday night for €12,849,224. Photo Steve Humphreys

Chai Brady

A syndicate has come forward to claim last night's massive lottery jackpot.

A National Lottery spokesman confirmed to Independent.ie that the group had been in touch with them this afternoon.

The spokesman added: "We can tell you that we have been in touch with the ticket holders and they are now making arrangements to collect their prize.

"I can confirm it is a syndicate but nothing further at this stage."

The winning ticket was sold in Supervalu, Knocklyon in Dublin and the shop was buzzing with activity and excitement today.

Ken O'Toole (50) from Lucan is the Store Manager in Supervalu in Knocklyon and said there is a good chance the winner is local.

"This morning the excitement in the shop was unbelievable, first of all the colleagues and then the customers - when they all heard there was a big rush checking the tickets," he said.

"We're a very local shop in the community, being in Knocklyon we're not in a major thoroughfare so I would be hoping it'd be someone local," he added.

Conor O'Hare (24) from Knocklyon could easily have been one of three people selling Lotto tickets in Supervalu yesterday.

"It's exciting, you sell them everyday and you don't really think much of it, it's kind of just another day another few Lotto tickets sold. And then out of no where this happens," Conor said.

He said he knew there was something different as he walked into work on Thursday morning and that "there was too much going on".

"With the Lotto going up and up, I think a lot of people were buying tickets. Last week the Lotto sales shot up. I think the area was due something," he added.

The ticket was bought on the day of the draw.

It wasn't the only lucky Supervalu in the country last night however,

There was also one lucky winner of the Match 5 + Bonus prize of €179,034. The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at the Supervalu store on Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

The winning numbers in Wednesday's draw were 2, 15, 19, 26, 37, 38 and the bonus number was 39.

The lottery jackpot was €12,849,224.

The largest ever Irish Lotto jackpot was won in June 2008 by a syndicate of 16 quarry workers in County Carlow who scooped €18.9 million between them.

The largest amount ever won by an individual was €16.7 million, which was claimed by a ticket holder in Waterford in 2010.

Ireland has also had a number of major Euromillions successes. In January a work syndicate claimed €88m in a draw after buying their ticket at a service station in Lusk, North Dublin.

The largest ever individual winner was Limerick woman Dolores McNamara who walked away with €115m in 2005.

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