Lotto syndicate member almost left before €5.5m jackpot win

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Galway Daily news Lotto syndicate member almost left before €5.5m jackpot win
Newsagents celebrate news of €5.5 million Lotto jackpot ticket sale which was won by ten city council street cleaners. From left, Stephen Dowling, Ina Shearer, Alan Shearer, Conor Donoughue, National Lottery, Billy Shearer, shop owner, Liam Shearer, Leah Purcell, Denise Purcell, Karen Shearer and Maureen Connnell. Pic Iain McDonald / Mac Innes Photography

There were two new Lotto millionaires made in Galway last month, including the syndicate which won a staggering €5.5 million jackpot.

The syndicate of street cleaners at Galway City Council won a whopping €5,541,001 jackpot prize at the start of the month, on August 3, one of who almost left the syndicate after years, before they won their big prize.

The ten man syndicate formed almost twenty-five years ago, with all numbers chosen for the draw individual to all the members.

One syndicate member spoke of how they had to keep the belief going after so many years; “The lads thought about changing the numbers at one stage, but decided against making any changes.”

“Just last Christmas, one member mentioned that he was going to leave the syndicate, but he was persuaded to stay on and was told it was only the price of a pint and a newspaper.

“Luckily, he stayed as the syndicate winning numbers appeared on the August 3rd Lottery draw”, the said.

The large syndicate have become Ireland’s 7th Lotto Jackpot of the year. The winning ticket was sold in Newspoint newsagent, Unit 25, Galway Shopping Centre, on the Headford Road.

“Someone said that we ‘cleaned-up’ and we did, but us lads clean up every day by ensuring the streets and parks in Galway city are spotless,” another syndicate member added.

“We’re proud of our city. Unlike the ‘magnificent seven’ -these ‘magnificent ten’ can now all ride off into the sunset with their lottery win secured”.

Then, on Friday, August 19, another player in Galway became one of four Euromillions Raffle winners last month.

The winner of the €1 million prize from Friday, August 19 has yet to come forward to claim their prize.

The winning ticket was sold at Costcutter in Bealadanga, and the winning code for that draw was  I – NCR – 41927 .

A National Lottery spokesperson said, “What a month it’s been for Irish players this August which saw one massive Lotto Jackpot win and four new millionaires made in the special EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’ draw.”

“We are asking all our players in Galway and Kildare to check their National Lottery accounts and tickets to see if they are the winners of the EuroMillions ‘Ireland only Raffle’ draws on Friday 19th and 26th of August.”

“Both players should contact our prize claims team on 1800 666 222 or email claims@lottery.ie and arrangements will be made for them to claim their prizes.”