Ireland hoping to reach €1bn in EuroMillions prize money as jackpot reaches €100m
Ireland is hoping to reach over €1 billion in prize money from the EuroMillions on Tuesday as the jackpot ballooned after nobody won it on Friday.
Tuesday’s EuroMilions Jackpot is estimated to be approximately €100 million, the highest so far this year.
A National Lottery spokesperson said today that retailers all over the country are reporting massive interest in Tuesday’s draw after Friday night’s bumper €90 million Jackpot was not won.
If the country boasts a winner on Tuesday it will bring to over €1 Billion the total in Irish EuroMillions winnings since the game started in 2004.
The National Lottery spokesperson said: “It is rare that the Jackpot hits over €100 Million. This is really grabbing the imagination of our players who are dreaming that they could be the ones to have this life-changing win. With a total of eleven EuroMillions Plus winners alone since January, earning players €500,000, we would love if it was a case of the luck of the Irish for this big Jackpot”.
“There is nothing we would like better than to welcome our 11th EuroMillions winner into our famed Winners Room in National Lottery headquarters after Tuesday’s Jackpot.”
Ireland’s first EuroMillions winner was back in 2005, while the most recent was in January. If an Irish player hits the Jackpot on Tuesday the total haul of EuroMillions winnings in the country will surpass €1 billion.
Here is the roll call of the lucky Ten Irish Euromillions winners to date:
1.1. JULY 2005: Dolores McNamara from Limerick, was Ireland’s first and biggest EuroMillions winner scooping over €115 million.
2.2. July 2008: A lucky ticket bought in Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary won a player €15 million jackpot.
3.3. June 2009: A family syndicate shared the jackpot with a British winner, taking home over €29.4 million.
4.4. June 2013: A winning ticket sold in Beaumount, Dublin, shared a jackpot worth over €93 million.
5.5. September 2013: A young man from the South East shared a jackpot of over €25 million with a player in Spain, taking home over €12.8 million.
6.6. April 2014: A jackpot prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
7.7. September 2014: An €86.7 million jackpot was won by a syndicate from Dublin (private). The ticket was sold in Centra, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin.
8.8. January 2016: A syndicate of friends won over €66 million, splitting the jackpot of €132,376,632. The ticket was sold in Eason’s store, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow.
9.9. July 2016: 22 colleagues from Dublin Bus won the €23.8 million The ticket was sold in O’Hanlon’s Portarlington.
10.10January 2017: A Dublin work syndicate claimed the €88.5 million EuroMillions jackpot.The winning ticket was sold at the Applegreen Service Station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co. Dublin.
National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said: “Fingers crossed that we will have an Irish winner on Tuesday. EuroMillions has proven lucky and very popular with Irish players. We advise everyone to play early if possible to avoid queues. You can play in store, at www.lottery.ie or through the National Lottery App.”
He added: “One third of National Lottery sales goes to Good Causes all over Ireland. Since we were founded in 1987 more than €4.9 Billion has been raised for Good Causes – benefitting communities and individuals all over the country.”