Liffey Valley Shopper One Number Shy of Winning €63 million EuroMillions Jackpot, which was won in UK
Subdued celebrations as Donegal family claim €1 million Lotto prize
A EuroMillions player in Dublin had a St. Patrick’s Day to remember as they won a cool €404,532 after matching five numbers and one lucky star number on last night’s EuroMillions draw (Tuesday 17th March). This winner was one number short of scooping the entire €63,600,033 jackpot, which was won in the United Kingdom.
The National Lottery has appealed for people in Dublin to check their tickets as this golden EuroMillions ticket was sold the Tesco Liffey Valley store on the Fonthill Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. This Quick Pick ticket was sold on 16th March.
A National Lottery spokesperson said, “We are urging all our EuroMillions players across the country to check their tickets to see if they have won prizes as more than 42,000 Irish players won cash prizes on last night’s draw. We are particularly asking those who played in Dublin and more specifically those who shopped in Tesco Liffey Valley to check to see if they have this very valuable piece of paper worth €404,532.”
“If you find you are the winner of this prize, be sure to sign the back of the ticket, keep it in a safe place and contact our prize claims team on 01 836 4444 and we will make arrangements for you to come to the National Lottery to collect
get your prize.”
The winning EuroMillions numbers for last night’s draw were: 05, 07, 08, 16, 20 and the Lucky Star numbers were 02 and 12.
Meanwhile, a Donegal family has today described their €1 million Lotto win as a surreal experience after they picked up their massive prize at National Lottery headquarters in Dublin city centre. The lucky family who wish to keep their win private have described their win as ‘truly life-changing’ but have kept their feet firmly on the ground since they found out about their win last week due to the developments in the Covid-19 situation.
The delighted mother of the winning group said: “It really is a strange feeling. We’ve just become millionaires overnight and every fibre of your body wants to jump around and celebrate with your entire family but with the current virus outbreak, we have been incredibly sensible and kept our distance from everybody and just celebrated by text and WhatsApp. You always have this idea of how you will celebrate when you win the Lotto but I think there is a huge responsibility on everybody in the country to keep your distance no matter what the circumstance, even if you win the Lotto!”
The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at Kavanagh’s Supervalu in the centre of the town and the National Lottery has also confirmed that the lucky ticketholder has already been in touch with Lotto HQ to make arrangements to collect their prize.
The Donegal family have admitted that it will be some time before they put plans into place for their €1 million wind-fall due to COVID-19 but they intend to share their prize with extended family after they pay off their mortgage: “We are a very normal family so it truly won’t change us. Family is so important to us and they have always been there for us so once we pay off our own mortgage, we’ll be dividing a large chunk of it up between them all. We’re also looking forward to celebrating properly when the time is right and its safe to do so , we will gather all of the family to mark out Lotto win officially,” added the lucky Donegal woman.
National Lottery advice for prize winners
The National Lottery spokesperson advised that winners can still claim their prizes despite some operational and procedural changes made in light of recent government and HSE recommendations related to COVID-19: “Our priority is always the safety of our employees and our players and given recent developments, our staff have been instructed to work remotely where possible, with a limited team on-site to facilitate draws and prize claims.”
“The necessary preparations have been put in place so that all draw activity will take place as scheduled, with Lotto, EuroMillions and Daily Million draws being conducted as normal. As per our usual claims process, prizes up to and including €100 may be claimed at any National Lottery agent store across the country. Agents may pay higher prizes (up to and including €2,500) at their discretion. An Post Prize Claim Centres guarantee payment of prizes less than €15,000.”
“All National Lottery prizes over €15,000 must be claimed at National Lottery HQ on Abbey Street in Dublin city centre. In light of the current circumstances, we are encouraging all of our lucky winners who have won prizes exceeding €15,000 to arrange an appointment by contacting our claims team by calling 1800 666 222 or 01 836 4444.”
The National Lottery customer service team will continue to operate as normal and they can be contacted on 1890 244 344 or by emailing email@example.com
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 €5.6 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 32 years ago. In 2019 alone, €250 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.