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Saturday 17 November 2018

Joy 'beyond words' as syndicate picks up €5.7m

Spar Express store owner Fiona O’Connor, centre, with staff Iwona Pietruszka and Nataly Ochotnikova
Spar Express store owner Fiona O’Connor, centre, with staff Iwona Pietruszka and Nataly Ochotnikova

A Dublin lottery syndicate said "words can't describe" their joy as they collected nearly €6m two weeks after striking the jackpot.

The group, who wish to remain private and have kept their win secret, finally made their way to Lotto HQ in the city centre yesterday to collect their winning cheque for a massive €5,781,232.

They struck gold when their numbers came up in the Lotto draw on October 3 after they bought their ticket at the Spar Express store on Rathfarnham Road in Dublin 14 earlier this month.

The group decided to give themselves some time to let their good fortune sink in before making their claim and visiting the National Lottery Winners' Room.

Memory

The head of the syndicate said: "Words cannot describe how good this feels.

"I've been playing the Lotto since the start and I only won once - when I matched five numbers about 20 years ago and won £700.

"I'm delighted that we won as a syndicate and we will always have this win and our experience today as a memory together and the money will be a great boost to us all."

This was the 10th Lotto jackpot win of 2018. So far this year, more than €50m has been paid out in jackpots.

A lucky Kerryman was joined by his partner in the Winners Room as he was presented with a cheque for €250,000 after he won the Lotto Plus 2 top prize on Saturday, October 6.

The man said: "I'm still shocked. It's a lovely amount to win.

"It means I can clear my mortgage and still have a chunk left over.

"I was scrolling through my phone the Sunday after the draw and saw the news on Radio Kerry's social media feed so I pulled my ticket out of my jacket and scanned it on the National Lottery App.

"I couldn't believe it and even checked the numbers about 50 times after it."

The lucky winner bought his ticket at Eagers store on High Street in Killarney.

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