Monday 21 May 2018

Who are the ten Irish EuroMillions winners and how have they splashed the cash?

It's the luck of the Irish

Dublin Bus Euromillions winners arrive at the National Lottery office following their win in July. Photo: Mark Condren
Dublin Bus Euromillions winners arrive at the National Lottery office following their win in July. Photo: Mark Condren
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

As the search begins for the tenth Irish person to scoop a EuroMillions jackpot, Independent.ie looks back at the previous winners and how they spent their millions.

Understandably, a lot of the winners chose to remain anonymous.

EuroMillions was launched in 2004 and the following year Ireland had it's first and biggest winner to date.

Limerick woman Dolores McNamara picked up a cheque for over €115 million.

‘It could be you’: Dolores McNamara from Limerick toasts her €115m win in the EuroMillions draw in 2005. Photo: David Conachy
‘It could be you’: Dolores McNamara from Limerick toasts her €115m win in the EuroMillions draw in 2005. Photo: David Conachy

Her win made her the 58th richest person in Ireland at the time, richer than Van Morrison, Enya and the creators of Riverdance.

Since the win, Dolores spent €3.5 million on Lough Derg Hall in Clare along with houses for her six children.

A lucky couple won a €15 million jackpot in July 2008, followed by a family syndicate who took home €29.4 million in June 2009. Both groups remained anonymous.

A ticket sold in Beaumont split the prize with a winner from Belgium in June 2013, with each ticket winning almost €94 million. The winner stayed anonymous but said in a statement that they were excited about the new opportunities open to them.

An Irish man from the Southeast split a €25.6 million jackpot in September 2013 – by accident.

The anonymous winner admitted after his win that he had marked the number 32 by mistake and said "I wouldn’t mind making a few more of those mistakes".

A family who wished to stay anonymous picked up €15 million in April 2014 in Castlebar.

They had been playing for a number of years and said the result was "overwhelming".

Taoiseach Enda Kenny called into Staunton’s Costcutter on Main Street to say congratulations to the shop that sold the ticket.

A syndicate from Dublin took home €86.7 million with a ticket sold in Ballybrack in September 2014. The shop owner told media at the time that he knew the winners, but he never gave up their identities.

A group of friends split the jackpot and picked up €66 million in January 2016 from a ticket sold in the Fairgreen Shopping Centre in Carlow.

And finally, a syndicate of 22 Dublin Bus drivers won a €23.8 million jackpot this July.

They arrived in a double decker to collect their cheques and said they would all be back in work the next day despite picking up a cool million each.

Craig Shearer, one of the lucky winners, said winning the lotto after beating leukemia was like winning twice.

"This is like a second win for me. I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia two years ago. And I want to thank Dr Michael Fay in the Mater Hospital in the haematology ward and his team, without whom I would not be here today doing this.”

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