Shock and disbelief from Galway family syndicate at €500,000 EuroMillions win

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Galway Daily news Galway Lotto player scoops €54,583 in midweek madness

A Galway family syndicate who won a staggering €500,000 EuroMillions prize couldn’t believe what had happened when they learned the news.

The syndicate of four people collected their prize from the National Lottery HQ today, after scooping the EuroMillions Plus top prize in the July 4 draw.

The family, who wish to keep their win private, purchased the winning Quick Pick ticket at McGreal’s Mace in Ballybrit, Co. Galway.

The head of the syndicate recounted the moment she bought the ticket and how she found out later that night they had become half a million euro richer.

“I headed down to McGreal’s to pick up some milk and pork chops for the dinner. I had a bit of change left over so said I’d buy a EuroMillions Plus ticket.”

“I was over at a friend’s house later who checked the ticket for me and my legs nearly went weak when they told me the ticket was worth €500,000!”

“I started ringing around family members to tell them the good news and none of them believed me at first. I’ve a reputation as a bit of a prankster you see.”

“We all gathered together in the house later that night to celebrate and we were dancing up on the tables and singing songs – it was night I’ll never forget!,” she said.

The family syndicate have no immediate plans to spend their newfound fortune but said a family holiday is definitely on the cards for next year.

Also today, a Dublin syndicate left the Lotto HQ with a cheque for their €3,931,066 jackpot prize won in Saturday night’s draw.

In addition to this a Roscommon woman is going home with €135,820 in her back pocket today, after matching five numbers and the bonus in the July 1 draw.

“I don’t even know what came over me that night to even play the Lotto. I wouldn’t be a regular player at all and can’t even remember the last time I played,” she said.

“I happened to be in the shop and just said to myself sure I might as well buy a ticket – thank goodness I did!”

“It was a few days before I even realized I had a winning ticket. I never check my tickets straight away so it was some shock when I finally scanned this one.”

“To see the message ‘You’ve Won Big’ is certainly a surprise and then to hear the amount is another thing. It’s great to finally be able to say I’ve been to the Winners’ Room,” she added.