“I must still be dreaming!” - Dublin man claims €500,000 EuroMillions Plus top prize

Galway scratch card player claims €100,000 on Money Multiplier game

Two National Lottery players in the East and West of Ireland were both celebrating after claiming the top prizes on two different games.

The first winner was a Dublin man who officially claimed the €500,000 EuroMillions Plus top prize that he won in the draw on Friday 26th March. The winning ticket was purchased in the Mace shop on Sandymount Green in Dublin 4.

The EuroMillions Plus winner spoke of the joy and shock he felt after checking his winning ticket. “I checked my ticket early the next morning. I’m an early riser and when I saw the numbers that Saturday morning, I thought to myself I must still be dreaming! I never believed that it could be real at all. I’d say I probably continued checking the numbers about three times after that until the realization that I won had sunk in.”

The delighted Dublin winner is going to take his time with what to do next but he has an idea of where to start: “I’m looking forward to a big holiday in the coming months – as things start to ease, we’ll make our plans then. We can hopefully celebrate in the sun.”

Tonight’s EuroMillions jackpot is rolling towards an estimated €25 million. The National Lottery are reminding EuroMillions players to purchase their tickets early and to continue following the Government health guidelines in place while doing so. EuroMillions tickets can be purchased in-store, in-app or on www.lottery.ie until the deadline at 7.30pm tonight.

Meanwhile, a Galway player was overjoyed to claim the top prize of €100,000 on a €5 Money Multiplier scratch card. The ticket was purchased in O’Brien’s Newsagents on William Street in Galway City.

The West of Ireland winner admitted that he did not initially intend on buying that particular scratch card: “I wouldn’t usually buy Money Multiplier scratch cards but when I went into the shop that day, they didn’t have the ones that I would usually go for so I thought that I’d give that game a go. Thank goodness I did! It’s just as well they were out of my usuals, it could be a very different story otherwise.”

“I’m going to let the news settle in for a little bit longer before I really decide on what to do next. But it really is great news to get, especially as we get closer to things hopefully opening back up again,” he said.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage and the Irish Language. In total more than €5.8 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 33 years ago. In 2020 alone, €254 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.