A small family syndicate from Co. Dublin collected their €38.9 million EuroMillions jackpot cheque at the National Lottery headquarters yesterday.
The ecstatic family said that the win is life changing, that last week had been a blur and that they were slowly coming to terms with their massive good fortune, according to the National Lottery.
“This is life changing,” a spokesperson for the small group said. “It is amazing to think that we and our family members are now secure for the rest of our lives. But we won’t go crazy. We have no plans to move to the moon!”
Malahide Quick Pick
The syndicate – who want to keep their win private – bought the winning quick pick EuroMillions jackpot ticket on the date of the draw, Friday 29 December, at The Village Shop in Malahide shopping centre, according to the Lottery.
“I play EuroMillions regularly and I checked my ticket as normal in a shop the morning after the draw,” the spokesperson said. “A message came up to contact the National Lottery. I knew then we had won. I was dizzy.”
They then went home and shared the news with family members, the spokesperson said:
“We stayed in all day. There were lots of emotions. We kept looking at each other laughing and crying. You always hope that someday you would win a jackpot, but never really believe it will happen. For us our dreams have come true. We had a friend staying and we broke the news to him on Sunday. He said he could not believe he was sleeping under the same roof as people who had won almost €39 million!”
“We watched the TV coverage from the winning shop in Malahide on Thursday and some of the media videos taken in the shop. And we kept saying: ‘This is us!’” they added.
As Normal As Possible
Despite now being multimillionaires, the winners said they plan to continue life as normal as possible.
“We haven’t had much sleep in the last week,” the spokesperson said. “We will take our time before we make any big changes. We would like to start our own business and maybe look at buying a new house later this year. We will take a sun holiday in May or June possibly the Bahamas or the Maldives. What is great is that we can look after family and help make their lives easier also. That will give us great pleasure.”
National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, congratulated the winners: “I am delighted for the winners. This is life changing for them. This win shows that dreams can come true. We wish them every happiness in the future.”
“This is a good opportunity to remind our players that approximately 30 cent in every euro spent on National Lottery games goes back to good causes all over Ireland in the area of health, sport, welfare, arts and culture,” added Griffin. “In 2017 more than €225 million was raised for good causes. That amounted to more than €600,000 a day.”
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