Syndicate claims €29 million EuroMillions jackpot

The owner of the store, Umesh Kumar (
The owner of the store, Umesh Kumar (

Members of a syndicate from the west of Ireland have collected their €29m EuroMillions jackpot prize.

The group, who wish to remain anonymous, travelled to Dublin to claim their winnings yesterday.

A spokesperson for the group said news of their win on last Friday's draw is slowly sinking in.

They only realised their win on Saturday, when one of the syndicate checked the numbers.

"This has come as a huge shock but we are thrilled. This will certainly make life easier for us all and will secure our futures," said the spokesperson.

"It has been a roller-coaster week with lots of butterflies in our stomachs and lots of different emotions.

"But we are keeping level heads and will try to take it all in, and we will give it time before we decide what to do with our winnings."

National Lottery chief executive, Dermot Griffin, said: "It is important these winners take the time and space to let the news sink in.

"This is an incredible amount of money to win, and we have recommended that the winners get independent financial and legal advice."

The winning ticket was bought at the Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road, Castlebar, Co Mayo, on July 6.

The owner of the store, Umesh Kumar, said he could not believe it when he was contacted by the National Lottery to say he had sold the golden ticket:

“We had no idea at all. We are all thrilled here at the news. It is a great boost for the area and we are delighted for the winner whoever it is. It will take a while for this to sink in.”

“I love it here and business has been going well since I took over the shop in 2015. This win will put us on the map.”