A Lotto delight in Malahide as family wins €38,900,000

by Sylvia Pownall

A SMALL family syndicate is this week celebrating a life-changing €38.9 million EuroMillions win after Malahide was dubbed Ireland’s luckiest town.


The Village Shop in Malahide sold the winning ticket – just a matter of days after nearby Donnybrook Fair sold a €500,000 winner to a priest who was home on holidays.


Collecting their jackpot cheque at Lotto HQ on Monday, the family – believed to be from north county Dublin – said the past week had been a blur as they struggle to come to terms with their massive good fortune.


A spokesperson for the syndicate said: “This is life-changing. It’s amazing to think that we and our family members are now secure for the rest of our lives.


“But we won’t go crazy. We have no plans to move to the moon!”


The syndicate – who want to keep their win private – bought the winning QuickPick on the day of the draw: Friday, December 29.


The spokesperson said: “There were lots of emotions. We kept looking at each other laughing and crying. For us our dreams have come true.”


There were huge celebrations in the shop last Thursday when news that it had sold the winning ticket emerged.


Owner Amy Cong said she was “delighted” for the winners, adding: “I never thought in my life that I would ever sell a €39 million winning ticket to someone!


“This is a small shop in the centre of Malahide, but we are busy and we have a lot of regular customers.”


The shop gets a €25,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

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