Niamh, who has been playing EuroMillions since she was 18, told Lottery officials of how her win came at the “perfect time” and that she could barely contain her excitement when the numbers were drawn: “Last week the registration plate fell off the back of the car. I had to resort to the sellotape to keep it hanging on,” she said.
Having purchased her winning Quick Pick ticket from SuperValu on Clonfert Avenue in the market town of Portumna, the long-time lottery lover started slashing the cash straight away and has her eye on one or two other expenses: “My first purchase was a brand new car,” she said, before adding: “I’m off on holidays on Monday to celebrate and after that a new house and some celebrations with the family are in order.”
Of course, Niamh doesn’t credit all her success to sheer luck, but instead believes that someone very close to her heart may have played their part in the win: “Our mam passed away a few years ago and in some ways I think this was a gift she has sent me,” she smiled. Despite being certain that she would one day win a EuroMillions prize, it was clear that the Ballinasloe resident hadn’t quite come to terms with her victory: “I honestly just can’t believe it, it really is a dream come through, my whole family are only delighted for me.”
The good news didn’t end there for EuroMillions fans, as a ticket holder from France scooped Tuesday evening’s jackpot of €83.3 million. The player matched the numbers 5, 21, 22, 31 and 49, as well as the Lucky Numbers 2 and 8 to become the first winner of the top prize since Tuesday 14th March and the first French victor since November 2016.
If you would like to join the party by winning your own EuroMillions prize, you can pick your numbers online or play via any authorised retailer in participating countries. Good luck!