There was quite a lot of nervousness over the last week, after the winner of a €66 million Euro Millions cash prize failed to turn up. Fearing similar scenes to the United Kingdom (when several hundred people falsely claimed to have the missing ticket), the Euro Millions can breathe a sigh of relief after the winner has come forward.
A total Euro Millions jackpot worth €132m was there for the taking, and it was bagged by two winners, one from France, and the other from Ireland. The French winner announced themselves immediately, whilst the Irish winner remained silent until this week.
The winning number in the lottery were 1, 5, 23, 29, and 32, with the Lucky Star numbers being drawn as 1 and 7. Once the pot is split between the two winners, each will pocket about €66m.
A total of 8 Irish people have won the Euro Millions since its inception, with the winner on Friday being the fourth richest winner to come from the island. The most ever bagged by a single player is €115 million, when Dolores MacNamara scooped her fortune in 2005. In second and third place are wins in Dublin in 2013 worth €94 million, and an €86.7 million win in 2014.
It is understood that the winner has now contacted the Euro Millions and has proven their identity and ticket verification. They are now thought to be eligible to pocket their share of the prize, ensuring that this major lotto win hasn’t turned out to be a farce quite like the recent National Lottery prize across the Irish Sea.