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Friday 25 May 2018

Syndicate said to be behind €7.1m online Lotto win as ticket holder makes contact

Paula and John Ormsby outside their shop in Dublin
Paula and John Ormsby outside their shop in Dublin

The lucky holder of this week's massive €7.1m Lotto jackpot ticket has made contact with National Lottery headquarters about the massive win.

There are widespread rumours that a small syndicate has won the Lotto, meaning that the windfall will be shared around among a few lucky people.

Arrangements are now being made for the claim to be collected over the next few days.

However, because it was an online ticket, it is not known at this point what part of the country the lucky winner - or winners - of the ticket are in.

It's only the fifth Lotto jackpot win from online play in the history of the game, but the highest ever amount won by an online player.

The previous highest win online was €5.5m, won in 2010.

In fact, there was double Lotto joy for ticket holders as a result of Wednesday night's lottery results.

The National Lottery confirmed that the Daily Million draw also saw a player in Dublin become an instant millionaire - and they too made contact with headquarters yesterday.

"There is great excitement in Lotto HQ today as we celebrate two massive wins in the one day - a €7.1m Lotto Jackpot winner and a Daily Millions winner," said a National Lottery spokesperson.

The spokesperson added that they were looking forward to seeing the ticket holders in its Winner's Room.

Celebrating

Meanwhile, the shop in Dublin that sold the winning Daily Million ticket was celebrating the good fortune of one of its customers.

The Quick Pick ticket was bought at A & J Ormsby on the North Circular Road.

The shop owner, John Ormsby, said that customers were buzzing with news of the win.

"We are over the moon at this news," he said. "This is the second time we have sold a big winning Lotto ticket."

He explained that 15 years ago the shop had a Lotto jackpot winner who won £1.5m, which was in punts at the time.

"Our shop opened 30 years ago and we have been selling Lotto tickets from the start.

"Our customers are very much locals," he said.

"There is lots of speculation as to who the winner might be but we hope it is one of our regulars. We have four full-time and four part-time staff and we are all enjoying the excitement this has created," he said.

This was the first Daily Million winner of 2018.

Meanwhile, ticket sales are booming in advance of tonight's EuroMillions draw, with the jackpot set to reach a staggering €175m.

If a single ticket-holder were to scoop the enormous prize, they could become Ireland's biggest winner to date.

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