At last: the EuroMillions winner has just claimed their €94m winnings
Niall Carson PA
File image of the EuroMillions.
NINE DAYS LATER and the Irish person who won the cool €93,968,807 has today claimed their prize.
The winner has become Ireland’s 96th richest person and has decided to remain anonymous but did issue a brief comment in a statement from the National Lottery.
“I’m absolutely thrilled. Dreams do come true! The news is still sinking in so for the moment I’d like to keep the win private,” they said. “I’m looking forward to thinking about all the opportunities that are now open to me. It’s a really exciting time!”
The National Lottery will release the name of the winning ticket selling store at a later date.
The lucky son of a gun was one of two people who matched five numbers and two stars in the EuroMillions lotto draw last Tuesday, 25 June.
Earlier, Eamon Hughes, the National Lottery claims manager said that he met with the winner(s) last Wednesday, a day after the draw, to verify the ticket.
A Lotto spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that the winner(s) had to come “in person to the National Lottery headquarters on Lower Abbey Street, Dublin” where they will be given a cheque for almost €94 million.
The National Lottery spokesperson also rubbished the claim that the winner will have to pay more to stay private, saying: “It’s entirely up to them, but there’s no financial benefit to go public. That is not the case at all.”
- additional reporting Hugh O’Connell
First published 12.48