A small family syndicate from Co. Dublin saw their dreams come through when they collected a life-changing €38.9m EuroMillions jackpot cheque at National Lottery HQ today.
The ecstatic family said the last week has been a blur and they are slowly coming to terms with their massive good fortune.
A spokesperson for the small group said: “This is life-changing. 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!”
The syndicate – who want to keep their win private – bought the winning quick pick EuroMillions jackpot ticket on the date of the draw, Friday December 29th, at The Village Shop in Malahide shopping centre.
The spokesperson said: “I play EuroMillions regularly and I checked my ticket as normal in a shop the morning after the draw. A message came up to contact the National Lottery. I knew then we had won. I was dizzy.”
He said he went home and shared the news with family members. “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!”
He said the plan is to continue with life as normal as possible. “We haven’t had much sleep in the last week. 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 through. We wish them every happiness in the future.”
“This is a good opportunity to remind out 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. In 2017 more than €225 million was raised for Good Causes. That amounted to more than €600,000 a day.”
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