‘€175m Lotto winner surprisingly calm’ – National Lottery’s Kilkenny spokesperson
NATIONAL Lottery spokesperson, Kilkenny woman Miriam Donohoe, has said the Irish winner who scooped last night’s €175m EuroMillions jackpot was “surprisingly calm” and “very together” when they called the office this morning.
Speaking to Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio, Ms Donohoe said the National Lottery is now guiding the winner through the process.
She said the winning ticket was bought in store and not online, but was unable to release any further details at this stage.
“We can confirm we have heard from the holder of the winning ticket but are not in a position to give any more details at the moment. We hope to be in a position to give details on where the winning ticket was sold later today,” she said.
There has been much speculation over the whereabouts of the winner – with Meath and north Dublin among those suggested on social media.
The lottery’s website briefly crashed yesterday as news of the win filtered out and players rushed to check and see if their numbers had come up.
The winning numbers were: 1, 8, 18, 19, 39 and lucky stars 7 and 9.
The jackpot eclipses the €115m won by Limerick woman Dolores McNamara in July 2005.
Irish players have won the jackpot in the game 14 times since the EuroMillions was launched in Ireland back in 2004.