West of Ireland syndicate wins €29m EuroMillions jackpot
The winners of last week’s jackpot have decided to remain anonymous
Customers and staff of Garryduff XL Stores celebrate with owner Umesh Kumar (left), his wife Rozalia Csemer (centre) and their son (2). Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus
Their substantial slice of luck has now tipped the Irish total to over €1 billion since the European draw was introduced over a decade ago.
However, such is the level of secrecy around their identities, details about the number of people and the individual cash amounts are being kept tightly under wraps.
“This has come as a huge shock but we are thrilled. This will certainly make life easier for us all and will secure our futures,” one of the newly-minted stakeholders said after collecting the cheque in Dublin on Friday.
“It has been a roller coaster week with lots of butterflies in our stomachs and lots of different emotions.
“But we are keeping level heads and we will try to take it all in and we will give it time before we decide what to do with our winnings.”
They realised their good fortune last Saturday when one of the members checked the numbers.
It is the second EuroMillions jackpot win for Castlebar and the eleventh in Ireland since it began in 2004.
In April 2014, a €15 million jackpot winning ticket was sold at Staunton’s Costcutter Express in the town.
“This is an incredible amount of money to win, and we have recommended that the winners get independent financial and legal advice,” he said.
The most recent Irish EuroMillions jackpot winner was a Dublin work syndicate who shared €88.5 million in January.