Breaking: Winning €17 million EuroMillions syndicate takes over National Lottery HQ!
 

Stakelum’s Hardware Store syndicate were on top of the world

Anne O'Grady

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Anne O'Grady

Breaking: Winning €17 million EuroMillions syndicate takes over National Lottery HQ! 

Syndicate members collect their €17m on Friday.

Dublin’s Abbey Street came to a standstill today as members of a lucky 32-member syndicate from Thurles, Co. Tipperary, arrived at Lotto HQ to claim a mega €17 million EuroMillions jackpot prize.

The winning Stakelum’s Hardware Store syndicate were on top of the world as they arrived by bus at the National Lottery office to collect their winnings from the EuroMillions draw of Tuesday June 5th. Each syndicate member stands to get a whopping €531.250 each.

National Lottery staff formed a guard of honour to lead the excited group into the building where they were welcomed by National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin.

This is the 13th Irish EuroMillions Jackpot, with a pay-out of €630 million, since the game was launched in Ireland in 2004. The first EuroMillions winner was Dolores McNamara from Limerick who won an incredible €115 million in 2005.

The Stakelum’s syndicate has been in existence for over 25 years and includes present and past staff of the large hardware and homeware store.

Spokesperson for the 32-member syndicate, Gerard Sammon, spoke of the surprise and delight of the group at their mammoth win.
 
“At first we simply couldn’t believe it. We were stunned, but we have had over a week to let the good news sink in. It has been an absolute roller-coaster. We are all absolutely delighted it will make a huge difference to all of our lives."

He added: “In particular we have all been blown away by the goodwill there has been towards us from our colleagues in Stakelum’s, and by people in the town in general. Everybody is genuinely happy for us. It is great that this massive jackpot is being shared amongst 32 people. That is 32 families who will benefit.”

Mr Sammon said the journey to Dublin today to collect the winning cheque was a happy one. “There was great crack on the bus and everybody is in super form. We couldn’t have been treated better by the team in the National Lottery who have guided us through the Prize payment process and who have welcomed us here with open arms. This will be a day we will all remember.”

Also joining the celebrations in Lotto HQ was the owner of Eason in Thurles Shopping Centre which sold the golden ticket, Tom O’Toole and his wife Catherine. Eason is on a winning streak at the moment as the shop sold a winning Lotto Jackpot ticket worth €7.5 million eight months ago!

National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said: “We are thrilled for the Stakelum’s Syndicate and that Ireland’s 13th EuroMillions Jackpot win is shared amongst 32 people and their families. It was great seeing the excitement of the syndicate members here today and hearing some of their plans to spend and share their winnings. Making Magic happen is what the National Lottery is all about and in the process raising money for Good Causes.”

“Today has been made all the more exciting by the fact that this syndicate has decided to go public. The last time there was this level of excitement in our offices was when the famous Dublin Bus Drivers syndicate won over €22 million, more than one million each.”

“Meanwhile I want to remind all our players that tonight’s EuroMillions jackpot is set to reach an estimated €30 million. Players can buy their tickets in store, at lottery.ie or through the National Lottery App.”

Here is a roll call of Ireland’s lucky 13 EuroMillions so far:

1. July 2005: Dolores McNamara from Limerick, was Ireland’s first and biggest EuroMillions winner scooping over €115 million.

2. July 2008: A lucky ticket bought in Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary won a player €15 million jackpot.

3. June 2009: A family syndicate shared the jackpot with a British winner, taking home over €29.4 million.

4. June 2013: A winning ticket sold in Beaumount, Dublin, shared a jackpot worth over €93 million.

5. September 2013: A young man from the South East shared a jackpot of over €25 million with a player in Spain, taking home over €12.8 million.

6. April 2014: A jackpot prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

7. September 2014: An €86.7 million jackpot was won by a syndicate from Dublin. The ticket was sold in Centra, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin.

8. January 2016: A syndicate of friends won over €66 million, splitting the jackpot of €132,376,632. The ticket was sold in Eason’s store, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow.

9. July 2016: 22 colleagues from Dublin Bus won the €23.8 million. The ticket was sold in O’Hanlon’s Portarlington.

10. January 2017: A Dublin work syndicate claimed the €88.5 million EuroMillions jackpot. The winning ticket was sold at the Applegreen Service Station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co. Dublin.

11. July 2017: A syndicate from the West of Ireland won a €29 million EuroMillions jackpot. The ticket was sold in Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road, Castlebar in Co. Mayo.

12. December 2017: A family syndicate from Dublin won €38.9 million on a ticket purchased in The Village Shop in Malahide Shopping Centre. 

13. June 2018: Eason’s in Thurles sold a winning EuroMillions Jackpot ticket worth €17 million, won by Stakelum Hardware Store syndicate.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, community, arts, heritage and the Irish language. In total more than €5 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 30 years ago. In 2017 alone, the National Lottery raised over €226 million for such good causes.