Irish EuroMillions Player Scoops €88.5 Million Jackpot

An Irish EuroMillions player scooped the first jackpot of 2017, banking €88.5 million in the draw on Tuesday 25th January. The lucky ticket holder became the tenth Irish participant to match all five main numbers and two Lucky Stars in the pan-European lottery since the country joined in October 2004.

Irish EuroMillions Player Scoops €88.5 Million Jackpot

The top prize had been rolling since Tuesday 27th December 2016, when a Spanish player collected €25.2 million, but last night’s lucky player stopped the winless run in its tracks by matching the numbers 1, 5, 7, 17 and 23 plus Lucky Stars 3 and 8.

EuroMillions Claim Made

On Wednesday afternoon, the Irish National Lottery released a press release confirming that the player had made contact with the claims department. It said, "The ticket holders have been in touch to make arrangements to collect their prize money," although no details were released.

Irish EuroMillions Winners

There were two Irish EuroMillions successes in 2016, with a syndicate of drivers for Dublin Bus netting €23.8 million on Friday 1st July and a single ticket sharing a €132 million jackpot with a Belgian participant on 29th January. The biggest Irish lottery win came in July 2005, when Limerick woman Dolores McNamara scooped €115.4 million.

With ten successes, Ireland has provided the second-fewest EuroMillions winners of all the member nations, with only Luxembourg, boasting just two, lagging behind the Emerald Isle. Last night’s win brings Eire a step closer to catching Austria, which has celebrated 14 jackpots in the past 13 years. France is the most successful EuroMillions nation, with 83 victors, followed by Spain and the UK on 80 and 63 respectively.

Join the Club

You can help boost your country’s statistics by claiming Friday’s £14 million (€17 million) bounty. You can play EuroMillions online or purchase physical tickets at authorised retailers in any of the participating countries. 

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