7 August 2016
By Tom Collins
After waiting for 90 days to check their winning EuroMillions ticket, a very relieved syndicate from Co Cork dropped into National Lottery headquarters to collect a cheque for a whopping €381,863 after they matched 5 numbers and a Lucky Star on Friday 06 May.
The winning syndicate from Co. Cork who wish for their win to remain private, purchased their Quick Pick selection ticket on the day of the draw in Tesco in the Market Green Shopping Centre in Midleton, Co. Cork.
Following an extensive media awareness campaign by the National Lottery, the lucky syndicate provided evidence that they were in possession of the winning ticket ahead of the 90 day claim deadline on Thursday 04 August at 5.30pm. Members of the syndicate later attended the National Lottery’s offices to officially validate their ticket.
Speaking from the National Lottery’s winner’s room, the syndicate leader breathed a sigh of relief as the cheque for €381,863 was handed over, ‘It has been a very busy couple of days for all of us in the syndicate and it is a lot to take in. For the last couple of weeks, we have all heard the reports in the media but I never thought that it would be our ticket. Some of the members of the syndicate kept asking me to check all of our tickets and when I finally checked the ticket on Thursday, I just could not believe our luck,’ he said.
The syndicate leader described how he came to the realisation that he had just hours to claim the €381,863 EuroMillions prize after checking his ticket, ‘I checked the ticket in the Tesco store, where it was purchased. Initially, I thought we had two days left to claim the prize but the person who checked my tickets told me to contact the National Lottery as the deadline was only hours away. I made the phone call straight away and confirmed all of the details with them over the phone before we made our way up to National Lottery headquarters later that evening,’ he said.
‘We would like to sincerely thank the National Lottery and the media for the media awareness campaign which was absolutely instrumental in us claiming our prize. I don’t think I would be allowed to run the syndicate again if I missed out on the deadline!’ he laughed.