“A flippant decision resulted in us winning €1 Million!”
Two National Lottery players from Donegal and Kildare collected cheques this afternoon worth a whopping €1 Million EACH which they won in the Daily Millions game.
The winners from Kildare, who wish to keep their win private, are a family syndicate of seven, which was set up back in 2016.
“I always thought if I was fortunate to win – I'd love to share it”, said the head of the group syndicate. “What’s crazy was, I took a notion on that Tuesday to play the Daily Millions game and for some reason, I’ve no idea why, but I took out a line and put one with all the numbers of our birthdays on it. It’s just wild to think that flippant decision resulted in us winning €1 Million!”, he added
The syndicate purchased their winning ticket for Tuesdays, 23rd May draw on the National Lottery app.
“I actually thought it was a hoax when I went on to the app and saw I’d won €1 Million. All those zeros – it just couldn’t be real! But I contacted the National Lottery prize claims team the following morning and they confirmed it all for me. I rang up the rest of the syndicate and it's safe to say they all had different reactions! Some we’re in complete disbelief, some shouted expletives on the phone to me and some cried!” laughed the head of the group syndicate.
The family are looking forward to hosting a private celebration amongst themselves to mark the momentous occasion.
“It’s a real feel-good factor to share something like this with family”, another syndicate member added.
“I won’t charge for babysitting all of your kids anymore”, laughed another.
Meanwhile, the Daily Million winner who scooped the top prize of €1 million in the 16th May 9pm draw also popped into Lotto HQ to claim their life-changing sum. The winning ticket was purchased at Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top in Letterkenny.
The winner admitted that it was a few days before they even realized just how much their ticket was worth: “I was walking around with the ticket in my pocket for a few days before I even checked it. I had no idea it was a winner and no clue how much it was actually worth. I decided to scan it on the app, not thinking anything of it, and then saw the pop-up message saying ‘Congratulations’. It didn’t say how much I had won so I called the Claims team from there and the rest is history.”
Daily Million draws take place twice a day, seven days a week at 2pm and 9pm and costs just €1 per play.
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