The North Dublin family syndicate who scooped Ireland’s biggest ever EuroMillions jackpot have claimed their €175.4 million prize, the National Lottery has confirmed.
The Naul Family Syndicate, who decided to keep their prize collection low key, were presented with their winning cheque by National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, in the National Lottery offices on Thursday Feb 28th.
Syndicate spokesperson, Gerry Brown, said the family are now looking forward to getting on with their lives after what has been an exciting week.
He said: “This is life-changing for all of the family and we are absolutely thrilled. We have spent the last week getting independent legal and financial advice, and our win is slowly sinking in. We are a very close family and this is a dream come true for us. We want this win to change our lives in a positive way.”
The family decided to do just one media interview (Sean O’Rourke Show on RTE Radio One today, Friday, at 10 a.m.) in order to share their win before getting on with their future. They are now appealing for privacy.
The golden ticket was sold at Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul and the syndicate realised their good fortune when the ticket was checked on the night of the draw.
National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, congratulated the family on the biggest Lottery jackpot ever won in th. “I am absolutely thrilled for the family and it was a pleasure meeting them in National Lottery HQ and to share their excitement and joy. Happy days like this is part of what playing National Lottery games is all about. This has been a historic few weeks for us with our biggest ever jackpot payout.”
He added: “The National Lottery exits to raise funds for Good Causes all over Ireland and this EuroMillions jackpot sequence raised €8.9 million for organizations in the areas of health, arts, culture, heritage, youth, community, and the Irish Language. That will have a major impact on communities all over Ireland.”
Here is the roll call of the lucky thirteen Irish EuroMillions jackpot winners to date:
- July 2005: Dolores McNamara from Limerick, was Ireland’s first EuroMillions winner scooping over €115 million. This win held the highest win record for almost 14 years!
- July 2008: A lucky player from Co. Tipperary won a €15 million jackpot with a ticket bought in Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary.
- June 2009: A family syndicate shared the jackpot with a British winner, taking home over €29.4 million with a ticket they purchased in Dublin.
- June 2013: A winning ticket sold in Beaumount, Dublin, shared a EuroMillions jackpot worth over €187 million. A Dublin player earned half of the jackpot and picked up over €93 million.
- September 2013: A young man from the South East shared a jackpot of over €25 million with a player in Spain, taking home over €12.8 million.
- April 2014: A jackpot prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
- September 2014: An €86.7 million jackpot was won by a syndicate from Dublin. The ticket was sold in Centra, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin.
- January 2016: A syndicate of friends won over €66 million, splitting the jackpot of €132,376,632. The ticket was sold in Eason’s store, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow.
- July 2016: 22 colleagues from Dublin Bus won the €23.8 million. The ticket was sold in O’Hanlon’s Portarlington.
- January 2017: A Dublin work syndicate claimed the €88.5 million EuroMillions jackpot. The winning ticket was sold at the Applegreen Service Station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co. Dublin.
- July 2017: A syndicate from the West of Ireland won a €29 million EuroMillions jackpot. The ticket was sold in Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road, Castlebar in Co. Mayo.
- December 2017: A small family syndicate from Dublin won €38.9 million on a ticket purchased in The Village Shop in Malahide Shopping Centre
- In June 2018: 32 colleagues from Stakelums Hardware store in Thurles Co. Tipperary share a €17 million EuroMillions jackpot with a ticket they purchased at Eason’s Store in Thurles Shopping Centre in Co. Tipperary.
- February 2019: Single winner of EuroMillions. Location to be disclosed
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts and heritage. In total, more than €5.4 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 31 years ago. In 2018 alone, the National Lottery raised over €227 million for such good causes.
Want to share that Winning Feeling? Register and National Lottery games online or in-app.