The winners of the biggest Lotto Jackpot of 2018 revealed today they plan to travel the world in style with their life-changing €8,549,067 jackpot prize.
A small syndicate from Galway claimed the mega prize at Lotto HQ, saying they will try to get their lives back to normal before they all embark on a once in a lifetime luxury trip around the world.
The shop that sold the life-changing €8,549,067 Lotto Jackpot winning quick pick ticket for the draw on May 12th was Corrib Oil Service Station in The Hill, Loughrea. This is Galway's 93rd Lotto Jackpot win since Lotto launched in 1988 and the county ’s total in Lotto jackpot prizes now stands at a whopping €146 million.
Speaking from the National Lottery winners’ room, the syndicate members, who wish to keep their win private, spoke of their initial shock after they hit the mammoth €8.5 million jackpot. And they said they are determined to keep their feet firmly on the ground following the incredible Lotto pay-out.
The syndicate leader said: “It’s only been ten days since we hit the jackpot but it feels like a lifetime ago! On the night of the draw my Facebook feed was abuzz with rumours from friends that the winning €8.5 million Lotto ticket was sold in Galway. I got a butterfly feeling in my stomach with the possibility, no matter how small, that it could be us. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened after I scanned my ticket on the National Lottery App. A message popped up on my phone which read: We have some exciting news, contact the National Lottery.”
“€8.5 million is an incredible amount of money for us to win and in truth, it probably still hasn’t sunk in yet. We’re very sensible. We’ve always wanted to travel as a group so we will make a plan to do in style now. Instead of scrimping and saving for budget accommodation, we’ll be travelling first class all the way, that’s for sure!”
In the days following their huge win, the lucky syndicate also carefully discussed how they should deal with their windfall and eventually decided to only share their news with close family.
“The most difficult thing about winning the Lotto is keeping the news from some of our closest friends. We have decided as a group to keep our win private so we have only told our immediate family and they are absolutely thrilled for us! We so badly wanted to throw a huge party and celebrate properly with all of those that are closest to us but that won’t stop us from taking care of them when the time comes,” they added.
The National Lottery is today also reminding players to check their EuroMillions tickets to see if they are the winners of a €1 million EuroMillions EuroMillionaire Raffle prize from 23rd February with just two days left to claim their prize. The deadline of Thursday 24th May.
The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at the Eason Store in the Wilton Shopping Centre in Cork City on the day of the draw. The winning raffle code of the €1million raffle prize was I-DKB-06633.
The National Lottery advises players to check their tickets. If you’re the lucky ticketholder, sign the back of the ticket and contact the National Lottery Prize Claims Team on 01 836 4444.
Want to share that winning feeling? The Lotto draw is held twice a week every Wednesday and Saturday. Play in store, on the National Lottery App or online by 7:30 pm on the day of the draw for your chance to win.
In 2017 alone, the National Lottery raised over €226 million for Good Causes. This level of funding has made a significant difference to communities, projects and individuals in the areas of Youth, Sports, Recreation, Amenities, Health, Welfare, Arts, Culture, National Heritage and the Irish Language.
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