Wednesday 18 July 2018

'There were lots of emotions' - Small family syndicate from Dublin collect €38.9m EuroMillions jackpot

Amy Cong, owner of The Village Shop in Malahide Photo: Mark Condren
Amy Cong, owner of The Village Shop in Malahide Photo: Mark Condren

Sean Nolan

A member of the small family syndicate from Dublin that won a €38.9m EuroMillions jackpot has described how the group have been 'laughing and crying' since they found out about their windfall.

The group, who have chosen to remain anonymous, collected their cheque at National Lottery HQ today for the massive prize which they won on the final EuroMillions draw of 2017, on December 29.

The ticket was sold in The Village Shop in Malahide on the day of the draw.

A spokesperson for the group, described as a small family syndicate, said that when he checked the ticket and found out they had won the jackpot he felt 'dizzy'.

“I play EuroMillions regularly and I checked my ticket as normal in a shop the morning after the draw," he said. "A message came up to contact the National Lottery. I knew then we had won. I was dizzy.”

The man then went home to tell his family the news.

“We stayed in all day," he revealed. "There were lots of emotions. We kept looking at each other laughing and crying. You always hope that someday you would win a jackpot, but never really believe it will happen. For us our dreams have come true. We had a friend staying and we broke the news to him on Sunday. He said he could not believe he was sleeping under the same roof as people who had won almost €39 million!

“We watched the TV coverage from the winning shop in Malahide on Thursday and some of the media videos taken in the shop. And we kept saying: “This is us!”

The group say that they hope to continue living life as normally as possible.

"We haven’t had much sleep in the last week," he said. "We will take our time before we make any big changes. We would like to start our own business and maybe look at buying a new house later this year. We will take a sun holiday in May or June, possibly the Bahamas or the Maldives we will see! What is great is that we can look after family and help make their lives easier also. That will give us great pleasure.”

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