This Irish couple are €127,483,852.86 richer after hitting EuroMillions jackpot
THIS is the lucky – and now extremely wealthy – Irish couple who won a staggering €127,483,852.86 when they hit the EuroMillions jackpot
Frances and Patrick Connolly are in their 50s and from the small town of Moira, Co Armagh.
They won the New Year’s Day lottery draw and spoke to the media about their winnings today at the Culloden Hotel in Holywood, near Belfast.
They won a total of £114,969,775.70 (€127,483,852.86), making them the fourth-biggest UK lottery winners in history.
Northern Ireland has had a history of big wins.
In December 2013, an unemployed woman from Strabane, County Tyrone, won almost £27m in the EuroMillions lottery.
Iris Jeffrey scooped £20.1m with a ticket she bought on 14 July but only realised she had hit the jackpot the following month after hearing an appeal by lottery organisers Camelot.
In October 2017, an anonymous winner from Spain won €190 million – the maximum jackpot prize.
A couple from the UK won €190 million in 2012, while another anonymous winner from Portugal won €190 million in 2014.
Dolores McNamara remains the Republic’s biggest ever EuroMillions winner after she scooped €115 million back in 2005.