Ireland’s latest Euromillions winner beats the odds..but bosses refuse to reveal where ticket was bought
Ireland’s latest Euromillions winner will be hoping to avoid the ‘lotto curse’ after scooping a massive €66m this weekend.
Lotto bosses are remaining tight-lipped on where the winning ticket was sold to give the winner a chance of avoiding the spotlight in the first few days of their win.
The winner beat odds of 116,531,800/1 to get five numbers and the two lucky stars to share the €132m jackpot with a someone who bought a ticket in France.
They now have 90 days to go the National Lottery HQ in Dublin to claim their prize. The sooner they collect their prize the more money they’ll start to make, as the interest on the jackpot is worth around €2,000 per day.
A National Lottery spokesperson said the winners had not contacted National Lottery offices by yesterday afternoon.
“With Euromillions we don’t announce where the ticket was sold until the winner comes forward.
“Because it’s such a big amount we want to give them space to come to terms with the win. The winners can contact us over weekend, but as of this afternoon they haven’t been in touch.”
Lotto bosses will issue the winner with a booklet offering advice on how to cope with winning.
The booklet says: “The experts recommend putting your winnings in an instant access savings account with a recognised bank or building society.
“Then, when you’re starting to get used to it, think about a long-term plan for your future. Talk to some trusted, qualified professionals. They can advise you about investments, taxes, a will and other money matters.”
The winner is now the 192nd richest person in Ireland according to the Sunday Independent Rich List.
Limerick woman Dolores McNamara, who picked up a €115m prize in 2005
The win puts them ahead of Van Morrison (€57m), Pierce Brosnan (€52m) Daniel Day Lewis (€62m) and Louis Walsh (€30m).
A syndicate is believed to have shared an €87m jackpot in September 2014 after buying a ticket in Ballybrack in Dublin. Three months earlier someone scooped €94m after buying a ticket in a Mace shop in Beaumont in north Dublin. Two other players won €12.8m and €15m in draws in 2013.
The biggest winner ever in Ireland remains Limerick woman Dolores McNamara, who picked up a €115m prize in 2005.
Dolores was the only person to go public with the win and that only happened because she realised she won while out with pals in the Track Bar, in Garryowen. One acquaintance took a picture of her celebrating the win and passed it on to the media.
She went on to buy a luxury home Lough Derg Hall, outside the village of Killaloe, Co. Clare, for €2m six months after her win.
But going public has obvious downside and can be an overwhelming experience.
Dolores was inundated with pleas for money. Her local post office had to run extra services to handle the begging letters she received and reports at the time claimed she received up to 15,000 letters in the six months after her win.
There are also plenty of lottery winners around the world who have suffered from the so-called ‘curse of the lottery’.
Jack Whittaker won $315m in a lottery in the U.S. in 2002
Jack Whittaker won $315m in a lottery in the U.S. in 2002. However, he went broke around four years later and lost a daughter and granddaughter to drug overdoses which he blamed on the win.
“My granddaughter is dead because of the money,” he told ABC. “You know, my wife had said she wished that she had torn the ticket up. Well, I wish that we had torn the ticket up, too.”
Englishman Michael Carroll was dubbed the “lotto lout” after blowing a 2002 £10m win on fast cars, gambling, drugs, alcohol and hookers.
By 2010 he was bankrupt and went on the dole but things improved by 2013 when he got a job working in a biscuit factory in Scotland.
U.S. Woman Sandra Hayes, who split a $224m win with 12 colleagues, said winning changes how other people react to you.
“I had to endure the greed and the need that people have, trying to get you to release your money,” she said in 2012.
Billie Bob Harrell worked in a DIY store when he won $31m in 1997. He ended up mismanaging his money and broke up with his wife before he took his own life less than two years later.
Before his death he said: “Winning the lottery is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”