Saturday 24 February 2018

Search on for Irish lotto player who scooped €94m in EuroMillions prize

Holly Keating (left) and Kelly Donegan promote the jackpot for tonight's draw which eventually went to €188m
Holly Keating (left) and Kelly Donegan promote the jackpot for tonight's draw which eventually went to €188m

Luke Byrne and Niall O'Connor

JUST who won €94m in last night’s Euromillions lottery?

That is the question on everyone’s lips today after the National Lottery confirmed the Euromillions jackpot of just under €188m was jointly won by an Irish and a Belgian ticket.

The winning numbers were drawn last night.

Reports that the lucky ticket was sold in Sallins, Co Kildare have proved false.

The National Lottery said it will not be releasing details of where the winning ticket was sold until its holder comes forward.

CEO Dermot Griffin told RTE’s Morning Edition, “With this magnitude of money we want to give the winner the time and space to make contact with us before we identify the area where the ticket was sold.”

He said the holder of the winning ticket has not contacted lotto headquarters yet, but that “the champagne is on ice.”

“They’ll need a bit of advice with this amount of money and we have been through this all before so we’ll help them along the way,” he added.

Staff at Reilly’s Supervalu in Sallins have said it was not sold there.

Fergus Reilly, owner of Reilly’s Supervalu in Sallins said they are still waiting to hear where the winning ticket was sold and who bought it.

“We wish whoever won it lots of happiness from their big win.

“It is definitely not me anyway,” he said.

“I did ring the shop to see was everyone at work.

“We do a syndicate at work and they are all there so I don’t think it is any of us anyway,” he said.

Now the search for the lucky winner will switch elsewhere.

The winning numbers last night were 4, 5, 13, 27, 35 and the lucky stars were 1 and 2.

It means that the holders of each winning ticket will claim almost €94m.

The lotto player has scooped the biggest prize in Ireland in the draw since Limerick woman Dolores McNamara won €115m.

Ms McNamara took home the biggest jackpot ever won in the draw at the time when she visited Lotto headquarters in Dublin in 2005.

Last night's draw took place in Paris.

The jackpot has been rolling over since June 7.

The seller of the ticket will also receive a bonus payment of €25,000.

The location of the ticket seller had not been established last night.

Ms McNamara, a mother of six from Limerick city, gave up her part-time job as a cleaning lady following her win.

It changed her life and she went on to splash out €1.7m on a 10,000sq ft hill-top property at Ogonnelloe, Co Clare, that overlooks Lough Derg.

However, she has tried to keep a low profile over the last seven years.

There have been a number of lucky Irish winners of the Europe-wide draw.

This April, father-of-two Martin Marinel (48), from Urlingford, Co Kilkenny, matched five winning numbers to claim €500,000.

In January this year, a former Irish republican internee won more than €12.5m in the EuroMillions lottery.

Joe Clarke discovered he had won the jackpot after having bought a New Year's Day draw ticket at a filling station on the Springfield Road in Belfast.

The 60-year-old was one of 11 internees, known as the "hooded men", who were arrested in August 1971.

Irish Independent

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