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Irish Lotto Jackpot Win Caps ‘Extraordinary’ Week

Last Updated: Monday 25th February 2019, 12:27 pm

National Lottery players in Ireland have been urged to check their tickets for the second time in the space of a few days after another big jackpot was won on Saturday. One lucky participant snapped up €10.2 million in the Irish Lotto, following hot on the heels of the record-breaking EuroMillions win.

Amid the excitement of the €175 million EuroMillions jackpot, Saturday night also saw the largest Lotto draw since May 2017. A single ticket matched the winning numbers - 3, 19, 21, 29, 31 and 35 - becoming the first winner of 2019 and one of the biggest in the history of Lotto.

One player also scooped €87,864 after matching five of the main numbers plus the Bonus Ball of 22, while there were 58,497 winners across all eight prize tiers. Go to to the Irish Lotto Results page for a full prize breakdown, plus details of the Lotto Plus 1 and Lotto Plus 2 draws.

Details of where the jackpot-winning ticket was sold have yet to be released, but National Lottery officials have told players to look through their entries for the draw. A spokesperson said: “With a jackpot win of this amount we need a little time to inform the shop owner and to give the winner time and space to let this huge win sink in. This has been an extraordinary week in the 32-year life of the National Lottery.”

EuroMillions Winners In Discussion With Lottery

The largest Lotto jackpot of all time was €18.9 million and was won by a syndicate of co-workers from the Dan Morrissey quarry in Co Carlow in 2008. Another syndicate hit the headlines last week when it emerged that a family group from Dublin had pocketed the incredible €175 million EuroMillions jackpot on Tuesday.

The players have staked their claim and deposited their ticket with the National Lottery for safekeeping, but they have yet to be officially presented with their cheque. “Nothing has been finalised,” said spokesperson Miriam Donohoe, with reports suggesting they will come forward on Friday. “We are in discussion with the family and at this stage we cannot comment any further.”

It was revealed within 24 hours of Tuesday’s draw that Reilly’s Daybreak in The Naul, Co Dublin, had sold the winning ticket, and then media stories quickly began to spread regarding the identities of the lucky players.

Donohoe has admitted that the scale of the reaction to the win has taken everyone by surprise. She said: “Word got out about the name of the shop and the identity of the winners so fast that it was out of our hands. We knew the media would soon descend so we had to play catch-up. It wasn't ideal, from our point of view, but we just had to manage the situation as best we could. Thankfully it all worked out in the end.”

Winners in Ireland have 90 days from the date of a draw to come forward and collect their prize, and can choose to go public or remain anonymous. The Irish National Lottery is on hand to provide assistance and advice, and it could just be that the run of big winners continues into another week. Take part online or visit any authorised retailer if you want to try and snap up a prize in Lotto or EuroMillions.

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