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Sunday 28 May 2017

€88m Euromillions win frenzy crashes website

You too could be a lottery winner
You too could be a lottery winner

The search is on for Ireland's latest EuroMillions tycoon after a ticket sold here won the entire jackpot worth a whopping €88.6m.

Such was the level of frenzy after the win was announced at 9pm, the National Lottery's EuroMillions website crashed for a time last night.

The winning numbers drawn were: 1, 5, 7, 17, 23, while the lucky stars were 3 and 8.

The win marks the third- biggest jackpot in Ireland and the 10th time that an Irish ticket holder has won the top prize since 2004.

Jackpot

According to the National Lottery, there has been just one Irish winner of the whopping €88,587,275 jackpot, while the location of where the ticket was sold remained a mystery last night.

A number of users on Lottery.ie reported difficulties accessing the website and app after the draw last night.

It is understood that the temporary issues were caused as a result of the sheer volume of users trying to log on at the same time.

Officials from the National Lottery were not available for comment last night.

The massive win, however, is still far off the €115m haul that former cleaner Dolores McNamara from Limerick walked away with in 2005.

Her stroke of luck instantly put her on the list of the top one hundred richest people in the country.

A ticket for the second-biggest win was sold in Beaumont, north Dublin in June 2013 worth close to €94m in which the jackpot was split with another winner from Belgium.

A couple, who chose to remain anonymous, also won a €15m jackpot in July 2008.

But that still paled in comparison to the €29.4m won by a family syndicate who also chose to remain anonymous in June 2009.

In September 2013, a man from the southeast split a winning jackpot of €25.6m - later admitting that he chose one of the numbers by mistake.

Even Taoiseach Enda Kenny was bitten by the Lotto bug when he called into Staunton's Costcutter's on Main Street in Castlebar - his home town - to congratulate the shop owner who sold a winning ticket worth €15m to a family in April 2014.

Other winners have included a syndicate from Dublin that scooped €86.7m after buying a ticket in a local shop in Ballybrack in September 2014.

A group of friends also split the jackpot and picked up €66 million in January 2016 after buying a winning ticket sold in the Fairgreen Shopping Centre in Carlow.

One of the most heart-warming lotto-winner stories was about a group of hard-working Dublin Bus drivers who collectively won almost €24m last July.

Biggest

The syndicate of 22 each bagged a cool million euro each. Yet despite this, they all vowed to return to work the following day after arriving at the lotto headquarters in Dublin in a double decker bus - driven by someone else.

Up until last night, there had been nine EuroMillions winners in Ireland so far.

The biggest of those was of course Dolores McNamara in 2005.

EuroMillions is played in Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

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