Wednesday 23 August 2017

Winning €86.7m EuroMillions ticket sold in Ireland

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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One lucky Irish punter scooped €86.7m in last night's EuroMillions.

The hunt is on for the country’s latest lottery multi-millionaire after one winner hit the jackpot.

"There was one winner of the EuroMillions Jackpot," a National Lottery spokesperson said.

"The winning ticket was sold in Ireland."

The winning numbers were 6, 8, 34, 38, and 48 and the two stars were 3 and 9.

The win is the third highest ever recorded in the country.

Dolores McNamara won a staggering €115m in a draw back in 2005 and a mystery punter scooped €94m in a ticket sold from a Mace shop in Beaumont, Dublin 9 in June 2013.

Ms McNamara has kept a low profile since then.

The latest EuroMillions winner will be catapulted onto the Irish Rich List if he or she is a solo winner - ahead of the likes of Van Morrison (€63m) and dwarfing the fortune of One Direction's Niall Horan (€17m).

The Lottery has indicated that it won't be revealing the shop or even the country where the winning ticket was sold until the winner makes contact.

"There is a very different protocol to the lottery where we release the agent details the day after the draw," the spokesperson said.

"For the EuroMillions, we wait until the person has time to come forward given the size of the jackpots, and the amount of money that they win, and give them time to come to terms with that."

It is the fourth big win by an Irish player in little over a year - including an Irish family who won €15m earlier this year.

The win brings to almost €650m the amount won by Irish EuroMillions players since 2004.

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