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$111 million EuroMillions jackpot won in Ireland

Sep 22, 2014, 7:37 am

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The hunt is on for Ireland's latest lottery millionaire after one winner hit the jackpot in the multi-country Euro Millions lottery game.

"There was one winner of the EuroMillions Jackpot," a National Lottery spokesperson said.

"The winning ticket was sold in Ireland."

The winning EuroMillions numbers on Friday, September 19, 2014, were 6, 8, 34, 38, and 48 and the two Lucky Stars were 3 and 9. The jackpot was worth €86.7 million, which equates to $111.3 million in US Dollars.

The win is the third highest ever recorded in the country.

Dolores McNamara won a staggering €115 million (US$147.7 million) in a draw back in 2005 and a mystery player scooped €94 million (US$120.7 million) on a ticket sold from a Mace shop in Beaumont, Dublin 9 in June 2013.

Ms. McNamara has kept a low profile since then.

The latest EuroMillions winner will be catapulted onto the Irish Rich List if he or she is a solo winner — ahead of the likes of Van Morrison (€63m) and dwarfing the fortune of One Direction's Niall Horan (€17m).

The Lottery has indicated that it won't be revealing the shop or even the country where the winning ticket was sold until the winner makes contact.

"There is a very different protocol to the lottery where we release the agent details the day after the draw," the spokesperson said.

"For the EuroMillions, we wait until the person has time to come forward given the size of the jackpots, and the amount of money that they win, and give them time to come to terms with that."

It is the fourth big win by an Irish player in little over a year — including an Irish family who won €15m earlier this year.

The win brings to almost €650m the amount won by Irish EuroMillions players since 2004.

Winner can live like a king on just the interest

Friday's lucky winner will not have to touch a cent of their winnings and can still live like royalty.

Based on the current Bank of Ireland 12-month personal savings interest rate of 1.55%, the lucky winner will accrue about €1,330,000 interest after just 12 months.

Even with the DIRT tax at a punitive 41%, the holder of the winning ticket would still have an annual income of about €784,000 without touching a penny of their €86.7m fortune.

The National Lottery advises that if you are the winner that you should keep the ticket safe and make sure that you sign the back.

Their office opens during the week at 9:15 am to await a phone call from the lucky winner.

The company knows where the ticket was bought, but will keep it secret for some days to allow the winner time to process their win.

"For the EuroMillions we wait until the person has time to come forward, given the size of the jackpots and the amount of money that they win, and give them time to come to terms with that," a spokesperson said.

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