Offaly family come forward as €500,000 Euromillions winners

Justin Kelly

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Offaly family come forward as €500,000 Euromillions winners

Offaly family come forward as €500,000 Euromillions winners

An Offaly familiy syndicate has come forward as the winner of a EuroMillions Plus prize of €500,000.

The prize relates to the draw on February 12 when the winning ticket was sold at the Newsround shop in the Dunnes Stores Shopping Centre in Tullamore.

A spokesperson for the syndicate spoke of how their windfall will help them. She said: “It’s an incredible feeling. We’re not flash and this win certainly won’t change us. All I am thinking of is the security it will bring us."

"I often stress about things like what if the car breaks down? Or what if the pump in the shower goes? It’s these small things that this win will cover if they ever happen. Our luck will be a comfort blanket for us all and of course, we will enjoy some of it," the lucky Offaly woman added.

The syndicate spokesperson went on to explain the moment she discovered that the family had won the €500,000 prize. 

“It was a normal Wednesday morning and I was having my breakfast and I heard on the news bulletin on Midlands 103 that someone in Offaly was half-a-million richer. I immediately thought – ‘that’s us’, so I went to my bag, pulled out the ticket and scanned it on the National Lottery app and it told me to contact the Lottery. I checked the numbers online and I started screaming."

“I was home alone at the time so I started calling everyone and nobody would pick up the phone. I jumped in the car – I’m pretty sure I still had my dressing gown on! I drove to my daughter’s house and broke the good news there and eventually we got through to the others. I still can’t believe it."

This has been an incredible week in the history of the National Lottery. Last Tuesday, February 19, a large family syndicate from North Dublin scooped a massive €175 million on EuroMillions draw – the highest every jackpot win in the life of the National Lottery, while another Offaly winner scooped €40,000 in the same draw having bought a ticket in Cloghan.

On Saturday last, a lucky player scooped €10.2 million on the Lotto jackpot – the highest roll in two years.