The EuroMillions Superdraw winners have claimed their prize and have topped the £99 million won by Dolores McNamara, from Limerick, in July 2005.
The winners of the £153 million (€175 million) EuroMillions jackpot came forward to collect their prize last week and revealed themselves as EuroMillions lottery syndicate comprising of six sisters.
The lucky EuroMillions winning numbers were 1, 8, 18, 19 and 39 and the Lucky Stars were 7 and 9.
A lottery spokesperson said that when the sisters called the office they were 'surprisingly calm' and 'very together'.
When interviewed, the sisters said that they have a long-standing tradition meeting every Sunday at their late mother's house to play the EuroMillions lottery.
They told lottery officials that even though the syndicate only has six members, they do have three other siblings and have agreed to share their massive jackpot win with them. This means that they will each pocket a cool €19.4million.
According to financial advisors, if they stick the monster pile of cash in the bank they stand to earn over €500,000 in interest every month.
When the winners first arrived at the EuroMillions lottery headquarters earlier this week in Dublin, they discussed the win over sandwiches and were extremely level-headed as they had also spoken to financial advisors about their new-found fortune.
On Friday, however, it was all celebrations when they arrived at the lottery headquarters to receive their oversized winner’s cheque and let the champagne flow!
All nine winners and their children and grandchildren were there to celebrate the biggest EuroMillions jackpot win at the lottery headquarters, eclipsing the celebrations we saw when Dolores McNamara pocketed a then-record EuroMillions winning cheque for €115million in 2005.
A close family friend revealed: “There is a huge red carpet shindig planned. It’s going to be champagne all day long for them.
“This is gonna be a Lotto party like Ireland has never seen before.”
Chiefs at the National Lottery offices in Dublin’s Abbey Street are believed to be pulling out all the stops as the winners of the biggest jackpot ever scooped in Ireland cash in.
The Daybreak Store
winning EuroMillions ticket was sold at the Daybreak store and the owners have also been celebrating the massive win, as they themselves will pocket €25,000 (£22,000).
Les Reilly, who owns the Daybreak store in The Naul said, 'We never sold a big one before. A few 25,000 but now we've done it in real style. We must have been waiting for the big one.’
Dermot Griffin, National Lottery chief executive said: 'We are delighted the winner has made contact. This is an incredible win for an Irish EuroMillions player. And a record win for the National Lottery. We are thrilled.
'This has been an incredibly lucky period for players on the island of Ireland.
'In January a Northern Ireland couple won an amazing 127 million euro in the EuroMillions jackpot. The luck of the Irish is definitely in the air.'
The six-sister EuroMillions syndicate winners weren’t the only lottery players who won big in the draw as five other tickets won £275,601 (317,493 euro).
The luck of the Irish
However, what stands out in this particular draw is that the fact that this is the 14th Irish EuroMillions winning ticket since the game began in Ireland in 2004.
This record-breaking win now officially tops the £99 million won by Dolores McNamara, from Limerick, in July 2005. Before that, the second biggest win happened in 2008 when a player from Tipperary won £13 million.
The Irish National Lottery tweeted on Tuesday: 'Players of Ireland - Check your tickets.
'Someone just matched all numbers and stars on tonight's draw winning a massive €175,475,380 and set a new record for the biggest win in National Lottery history.'
EuroMillions jackpot cap nearly reached
Since the announcement of the EuroMillions Superdraw, the highly lucrative jackpot rolled over for several weeks and nearly reached the jackpot cap of £165 million (€190 million).
In the history of the EuroMillions, the maximum jackpot has only been won three times.
Past Irish EuroMillions winners
Besides the latest Irish EuroMillions syndicate winners and Dolorus McNamara, past Irish EuroMillions lottery winners are as follows:
- A lucky EuroMillions couple won €15 million in July 2008. They opted to keep their identities private.
- They were followed by a family syndicate who took home €29.4 million in June 2009. They too stayed anonymous.
- A ticket sold in Beaumont split the EuroMillions jackpot prize with a winner from Belgium in June 2013. They each took home €94 million.
- Another Irish EuroMillions lottery player from the Southeast split a €25.6 million jackpot in September 2013 – by accident. The anonymous winner told lottery officials that he mistakenly marked number 32 by mistake and said, “I wouldn’t mind making a few more of those mistakes”.
- In 2014 a family who wished to stay anonymous picked up €15 million in Castlebar.
- In 2014 A syndicate from Dublin took home €86.7 million with a ticket sold in Ballybrack.
- In January 2016 a group of friends split the €66 million EuroMillions jackpot that they purchased in the Fairgreen Shopping Centre in Carlow.
- A syndicate of 22 Dublin Bus drivers won a €23.8 million jackpot in July 2016. They arrived in a double-decker to collect their cheques and said they would all be back in work the next day.
- In 2017, there were two Irish EuroMillions winners. The first was a syndicate from the West of Ireland who won €29 million and in December another syndicate from Dublin won €38.9 million.
- In 2018, 32 colleagues from Stakelums Hardware store in Thurles Co. Tipperary shared a €17 million EuroMillions jackpot.
- Earlier this year, in January, Frances and Patrick Connolly, from the village of Moira in Co Down, won €130 million from a ticket they bought on New Year’s Day.
The luck of the Irish is definitely in the air. See if you too can leave your friends green with envy with this week’s €25 million EuroMillions jackpot!
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