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Sunday 18 March 2018

'Every one of them deserves it' - Dublin Bus celebrates as syndicate of 22 colleagues scoop €23m EuroMillions jackpot

Dublin Bus. File photo
Dublin Bus. File photo

Conor Feehan and Newsdesk

A syndicate of 22 Dublin Bus workers is he winner of nearly €24m in the EuroMillions draw, landing them more than €1million each.

The crew, made up of drivers based in a North Dublin garage, picked the winning numbers in Friday night’s jackpot.

While none of the drivers were in work today, there was still a great atmosphere of joy and good luck for the men.

“They’re all lovely lads and every one of them deserves it,” said chief inspector Tony Carey.

“I wish them the best because it was a great scoop for them. It will be a big loss if we lose them all,” he said with a laugh.

Tony said there are two separate syndicates on the go in the depot. One for management and one for the drivers.

“Our day will come too. Hopefully,” he said.

But in fact the management syndicate of 50 is also celebrating a win in last Wednesday’s National Lottery which netted them €134 each.

“We thought we were doing well until the lads landed the big one,” said Mark Drew.

“Only two of the winners would be under 50. The most of them are in their 50s and 60s and have a long service behind them,” he added.

“We haven’t all spoken to each other yet so I’m not even sure how much we will walk away with."

The National Lottery has so far declined to confirm even where the ticket was sold, and the driver said he didn't know where it was bought either.

“I only got a phone call at about 2.30pm from this guy I know, congratulating me, so I went down to the garage to see what the story was and some of the lads were there jumping around. Some of the others were in shock," the man told the Sunday World.

“Nobody really knows what is going on, to be honest.

“We’ve just found out ourselves so we’re all a bit dazed.

“I don’t even know where the ticket was bought. I’m just part of a syndicate here in work.”

The winning numbers were 2, 11, 13, 40 and 50. The Lucky Stars numbers were 1 and 10.

Last night National Lottery bosses urged the latest EuroMillions winner to sign the ticket and keep it safely hidden.

Speculation had been mounting about the identity of the latest lucky Irish winner who scooped the €23,845,060 jackpot in Friday’s draw.

The National Lottery said it will be some time before they reveal where the ticket was sold.

“We won’t actually be announcing the location, or indeed when the ticket was sold, until next week,” said National Lottery spokesman Ronan Leech.

“But what we could advise, naturally, to all our players, would be to check their tickets.”

Ireland’s biggest ever winner is still Dolores McNamara who scooped €115 million in the EuroMillions draw in August 2005.

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