Tuesday 19 March 2019

Shop that sold €175m EuroMillions ticket revealed, as 'surprisingly calm' winner makes contact with National Lottery

  • Lottery now guiding the winner through the next steps
  • Rumours grow about family syndicate in east Meath
  • Reilly's Daybreak in The Naul, Co Dublin sold winning ticket
Michale Hayes (left) from the National Lottery sprays champagne as Les Reilly (centre) and the staff of Reilly's Daybreak in Naul, Co Dublin, celebrate selling the EuroMillions ó175 million winning lotto ticket. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Michale Hayes (left) from the National Lottery sprays champagne as Les Reilly (centre) and the staff of Reilly's Daybreak in Naul, Co Dublin, celebrate selling the EuroMillions ó175 million winning lotto ticket. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Les Reilly (second left) and the staff of Reilly's Daybreak in Naul, Co Dublin Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
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The Irish winner who scooped last night’s €175m EuroMillions jackpot has made contact with the National Lottery.

Spokesperson Miriam Donohoe said that the lucky punter was "surprisingly calm" and "very together" when they called the office this morning.

Ms Donohoe said that the National Lottery is now guiding the winner through the process.

It has also been revealed that the shop that sold the winning ticket was Reilly's Daybreak in The Naul, Co Dublin. The shop will also receive a prize of €25,000.

There is increasing speculation that the winning ticket is owned by a family syndicate in east Meath - but nothing has been confirmed just yet.

Les Reilly - who owns the Daybreak in the Naul - was ecstatic after he was informed of the sale by the National Lottery.

Les Reilly (second left) and the staff of Reilly's Daybreak in Naul, Co Dublin Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Les Reilly (second left) and the staff of Reilly's Daybreak in Naul, Co Dublin Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

“When he rang me, my legs went to jelly and I had to go down the back and puke my ring up, that was my honest reaction...and then we jumped around the place,” he said.

“11 countries in Europe doing the Euromillions and our little village of 1,100 and we sell the winning ticket.

“I thought it could’ve been [us], we did a syndicate, €2 a head, 112 people in it last night, I thought coming into work this morning I was going to make 112 people richer but unfortunately we only won €38.”

The National Lottery said the ticket has to be officially verified but the person who contacted the office was able to give a unique serial number from the ticket, that was verified over the phone.

She told Today with Sean O'Rourke that she couldn't say if the ticket holder was an individual or part of a syndicate.

Among those claiming to be in the know is Meath East TD Thomas Byrne.

Frances Connolly, 52, and Patrick Connolly, 54, from Moira, County Armagh in Northern Ireland, who scooped a £115 million EuroMillions jackpot in the New Year's Day lottery draw Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Frances Connolly, 52, and Patrick Connolly, 54, from Moira, County Armagh in Northern Ireland, who scooped a £115 million EuroMillions jackpot in the New Year's Day lottery draw Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

"I'm absolutely delighted to hear that the Euro millions was won in the constituency," he said on Twitter. 

"From what I'm hearing (and don't ask me!), it couldn't have happened to nicer people.  Congratulations!"

Last night, an Irish National Lottery spokesperson urged the winner – or winners in the case of a syndicate – to keep the ticket safe “at all costs”.

The lottery’s website crashed for a short time yesterday as news of the win filtered out and players rushed to check and see if their numbers had come up. 

The winning numbers were: 1, 8, 18, 19, 39 and lucky stars 7 and 9.

The jackpot eclipses the €115m won by Limerick woman Dolores McNamara in July 2005.

Irish players have won the jackpot in the game 14 times since the EuroMillions was launched in Ireland in 2004.

Ms Donohoe had earlier described the latest win as “truly life-changing”.

“We will not be in a position to reveal the winning location for a couple of days at least,” she said.

"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 bring massive media attention," Ms Donohoe said.

She said the winner will now be faced with a lot of responsibility.

"If you're the holder of this golden ticket, it's so important to keep it safe at all costs.

"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 also had advice for the lucky EuroMillions player.

"It's 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," he said.

"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."

He said it has been an incredibly lucky period for players in Ireland.

In January a Northern Ireland couple won €127m in the EuroMillions.

"The luck of the Irish is definitely in the air," Mr Griffin said.

Earlier this month saw an 84-year-old farmer from Donegal scoop €500,000 in the EuroMillions.

Charlie Meehan had to wake his wife after he checked his Lotto numbers to tell her the good news.

Irish Independent

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