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The hunt is on for Ireland's newest multi-millionaire after one lucky punter scooped almost €50m in last night's EuroMillions draw.

National Lottery chiefs appealed to players around the country to carefully check their tickets to see if they are the winner of the whopping €49,564,586 prize.

The winning numbers are 14, 15, 24, 29, 42, and the Lucky Stars are 2 and 4.

Details of where the winning ticket was sold have not yet been released and it is not yet known if it was a single winner or a syndicate.

A National Lottery spokesperson said: "This is amazing news for one of our lucky players, €49.5m is truly a life-changing prize and we are delighted to confirm that this lucky ticket was sold in Ireland.

"This is Ireland's 16th EuroMillions jackpot winner and we are now asking all our players to check their tickets very carefully to see if they are the lucky winner or winners."

The winner is asked to sign the back of the ticket and contact the National Lottery.

The largest Euromillions prize claimed in Ireland was scooped up by a family syndicate in the Naul, north Co Dublin, who won an eye-watering €175.4m on a ticket bought in Reilly's Daybreak in the village.

Last night's win is the second EuroMillions jackpot win in Ireland so far this year.

The ticketholder will be Ireland's 16th EuroMillions jackpot winner since the game began in 2004.

The first Irish EuroMillions winner was Dolores McNamara from Limerick in 2005. The gigantic €115m prize landed her a spot on the list of the top 100 richest people in Ireland.

Meanwhile, a lucky couple in Co Tipperary won a €15m jackpot in 2008, followed by a family syndicate who took home €29.4m a year later.

In June 2013, a ticket worth €187m was sold in Beaumont, Dublin, to a winner from Belgium. The prize was shared with an anonymous Dublin player, making them each €94m richer.

Three months later, a young man from the south-east shared a jackpot of over €25m with a player in Spain, taking home over €12.8m.

A family who wished to stay anonymous claimed a jackpot prize worth €15m on a ticket sold in Staunton's Costcutter on Main Street, Castlebar, Co Mayo, in 2014.

An €86.7m jackpot was won by a syndicate from Dublin in September 2014. The ticket was sold in Centra, Ballybrack, Co Dublin.

A syndicate of friends split the jackpot of €132,376,632, winning more than €66m each in 2016 from a ticket sold in Eason's, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow.

Irish Independent