In a statement released yesterday, Irish Lottery officials confirmed that the ticket holders had been in touch and were looking forward to claiming the prize. While the winner’s identity has not yet been confirmed, the wording of the statement has fuelled speculation that the winning ticket is owned by either a syndicate or a couple.
The lucky ticket, which was the only jackpot winning ticket of the draw, matched all five main numbers (16, 18, 26, 38 and 44) and both Lucky Stars (8 and 10) to give Ireland its third EuroMillions jackpot win in less than a year.
The last Irish EuroMillions top prize winner shared a £21 million (€25 million) jackpot with a second winner from Spain on 6th September, 2013 and just three months earlier an Irish winner shared an impressive £159 million (€187 million) jackpot with another top tier winner from Belgium.
While players in the Emerald Isle have certainly been enjoying the luck of the Irish in recent months, the country actually got off to a slow start in the EuroMillions game with only two top tier wins in the first five years of participating.
No doubt Irish players will be hoping to continue their lucky streak and add to the six EuroMillions jackpot wins they’ve already claimed. Will tonight’s draw yield a seventh Irish winner? Only time will tell.
Written by Grace Mee