Wednesday 16 October 2019

€175m cheque please!

Naul family syndicate head to Lottery HQ to collect giant prize

John Manning

The Naul family who last week won a whopping €175 million in the Euromillions draw have collected their cheque.

The nine siblings are now planning the rest of their lives after they collected the giant cheque in a low-key celebration at National Lottery Headquarters in Dublin.

The family syndicate, who decided to keep their prize collection private, were presented with their winning cheque by National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, in the National Lottery offices yesterday.

The winners from the Naul in north Dublin described themselves as a 'very close family' and vowed to split the money among family members.

Family spokesperson, Gerry Brown, said the Naul family are now looking forward to getting on with their lives after what has been an exciting week.

He told reporters: 'This is life-changing for all of the family and we are absolutely thrilled.'

Mr Brown agreed to do one interview following the cheque presentation which happened on RTE's Today programme with Sean O'Rourke.

He told RTE Radio that the family syndicate had been operating for a couple of years before their big win.

He explained how he found out the syndicate had won the biggest jackpot ever in Ireland when his wife watched the news and recognised three of the numbers called out as being familiar.

After checking and re-checking and confirming they had the winning ticket, that €175 million piece of paper was put in an Argos catalogue overnight for safekeeping.

Fingal Independent