EuroMillions winners arrange to collect €88.5m

Shop in Cork village of Glounthane rumoured to have sold ticket to 34-strong syndicate

Ireland’s last EuroMillions jackpot winner was the Dublin Bus  drivers syndicate, which won nearly €24 million  last July. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s last EuroMillions jackpot winner was the Dublin Bus drivers syndicate, which won nearly €24 million last July. Photograph: Alan Betson

 

As rumours circulated about the identity or location of Ireland’s newest multimillionaire yesterday, the holder of the latest golden EuroMillions ticket quietly made contact with the National Lottery to make arrangements to collect their €88.5 million jackpot.

Shortly after lunch National Lottery headquarters confirmed the ticket holder had been in touch and would be coming in to pick up their prize money next week.

A spokeswoman declined to say where the ticket had been bought or if the winning numbers had been chosen by just one person or a syndicate.

The winners will not be able to collect their loot until next week as the National Lottery has to allow itself time to collect millions of euro from operators in the eight other European countries where the EuroMillions operates.

The winning ticket was variously said to have been sold to a syndicate in Limerick and an individual in Mayo, although many people zoned in on a shop in the Cork village of Glounthaune.

Amidst the frenzied speculation, the manager of Fitzpatrick’s store Kerri O’Neill could only say there had been “rumours and suspicions” that the shop had sold the winning ticket.

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“We have to sit tight until tomorrow. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that it is us,” she added.

When contacted by The Irish Times yesterday evening, a National Lottery spokeswoman remained tight-lipped and said it would not be releasing the location where the winning ticket was sold until Thursday at the earliest.

The National Lottery will have financial advisers and accountants on standby to assist the winner or winners should they need help. And there are few people who could win almost €90 million and not need some kind of help, although if the rumour mill is on the money and a syndicate of 34 people have won the jackpot, they will all collect a significantly more manageable €2.6 million each.

Tuesday night’s result prompted “luck of the Irish” headlines to pop up in Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, although it marked only the 10th jackpot win for Irish players since the EuroMillions was launched in 2004.

In the last year Irish players have won the jackpot on two other occasions. A group of friends shared €66 million in January 2016 after buying a ticket in the Fairgreen Shopping Centre in Carlow, and last July a syndicate of Dublin Bus drivers won almost €24 million.

The 12th-highest jackpot in the competition’s history was won by Dolores McNamara from Co Limerick, when she took home over €115 million in July 2005.