Irish winner of €175m Euromillions jackpot
ONE incredibly lucky Irish punter has become €175m richer after winning tonight’s EuroMillion’s jackpot.
Tonight’s record-breaking payout will see tens of thousands of people across the country triple-checking their numbers with the hopes of possessing the golden ticket.
National Lottery spokesperson Miriam Donohoe told Independent.ie that this is their biggest win in the National Lottery's 31-year history.
“This is our 14th EuroMillions win in our history,” she said.
“The last Irish winner who came close to this was Dolores McNamara, who won €115m back in 2005.
“We will not be in a position to reveal the winning location for a couple of days at least.
“There’s a lot of work to be done like prepping the winning shop and because this is such a huge amount of money it’ll be bring massive media attention.”
Ms Donohoe added that the winner is now faced with a lot of responsibility.
“If you’re the holder of this golden ticket, it’s so important to keep it safe.
“Sign the back of it and contact us as soon as possible because your life as of now has changed forever.”
National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, tonight advised EuroMillions players to check their tickets to see if they have landed this mega windfall.
"This is an incredible win for an Irish EuroMillions player! And a record win for the National Lottery we are thrilled. We are advising our players to check their tickets and if they are the winner sign the back of the ticket, keep it safe, and contact National Lottery HQ and we will guide you through the claims process."
Mr Griffin added: "The shop that sold the winning ticket will not be revealed for a few days. With such a big win we have procedures to go through but we will reveal the winning location as soon as we can. Whilst this is a massive win it can come as a shock to a player and we advise them to stay calm, get good independent legal and financial advice and contact us as soon as they can."
The maximum EuroMillions jackpot of €190 million has only been paid out three times ever in the history of EuroMillons. EuroMillions is played in nine countries.