A Syndicate of players from Galway in Ireland are looking forward to plenty of holidays all over the world and travelling first class when they do, after winning an €8.5m jackpot in the May 12 Irish Lotto draw.
The syndicate members will share a total of €8,549,067 and have asked to remain anonymous, just like the Irish winner of a €117,023 Irish Lotto prize.They waited ten days before claiming their Irish Lotto jackpot and one of the syndicate members commented “It’s only been ten days since we hit the jackpot, but it feels like a lifetime ago.”
Some lottery winners take a lot longer than that to come forward and claim their prize. It took Mai Xiong from Wisconsin, USA, four months to finally claim her incredible $155.2m Powerball jackpot win. In Iowa, it took Jeff Wolf even longer to come forward as it took him nine months to claim his $2m win that he scooped playing the Powerball draw.
The winning Irish Lotto syndicate member added that “€8.5 million is an incredible amount of money for us to win and in truth, it probably still hasn’t sunk in yet.” The syndicate members have always wanted to travel as a group and this Irish Lotto jackpot win means that dream can finally come true. In the USA, Stephen Stickland from Maryland, USA, took his family on a cruise after winning $100,000 playing Powerball.
Now the Irish Lotto winning syndicate plan on travelling in style and the days of saving to afford just budget accommodation are over and it’ll be first class travel from now on. That’s not been the case for English couple Maureen and Jim Emerton, who won a £4.5 UK Lotto jackpot in 2012 but still travel economy.
A recent National Lottery survey showed that it’s syndicates who have the best chance of getting wins, particularly huge jackpots. This Irish Lotto win is the latest windfall for a lottery syndicate. Recently, a group of nurses from Cleland Hospital in Motherwell in Scotland bagged £1m in the April 20 EuroMillions draw. Also celebrating were another Irish syndicate from Dublin who landed a €256,048 prize playing EuroMillions. But the woman in charge of checking their tickets nearly forgot to do so
The Irish Lotto winning syndicate purchased their winning ticket from the Corrib Oil Service Station in the Hill, Loughrea. Their winning numbers were 05-06-14-19-22-30.
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