Lucky 17 – the call of the Irish Euromillions winners


A lucky Irish person looks to the future with all the trappings of wealth after winning the €30.9 million Euromillions jackpot.

The winner – whose identity has not yet been made public – joins an exclusive club of Irish Euromillions winners which now numbers 17.

Here is the call of the lucky 17.

Dolores McNamara (July 2005)

Ireland’s first jackpot winner took home a colossal sum of €115 million, which was a record at the time.

Dolores McNamara’s massive windfall catapulted her straight into the list of the 100 richest people in Ireland.

The mother-of-six, who worked as a part-time cleaner, caught the attention of the media.

At the time, Ms McNamara and her husband Adrian lived in a modest semi-detached house on St Patrick’s Road in Limerick.

Since winning, she has spent £3.5million on Lough Derg Hall in Clare, as well as homes for all her children.

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Limerick-born Dolores McNamara won the Euromillions jackpot of €115 million in 2005. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins Photos

Limerick-born Dolores McNamara won the Euromillions jackpot of €115 million in 2005. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins Photos

Anonymous (July 2008)

A lucky couple from Co Tipperary won a €15million jackpot in July 2008 with a ticket purchased at Carrick-on-Suir.

Family Joy (June 2009)

A family syndicate shared the jackpot with a British winner, taking home over €29.4 million with a ticket purchased in Dublin. Both groups remained anonymous.

Dublin Delight (June 2013)

A winning ticket sold in Beaumont, Dublin, shared the prize with a Belgian winner in June 2013, with each ticket winning almost €94 million.

The winner remained anonymous but said in a statement that he was excited about the new opportunities available to him. They instantly became one of the 100 richest people in Ireland.

A Glorious Mistake (September 2013)

A young man from the southeast shared a jackpot of over €25m with a player in Spain, winning over €12.8m.

The anonymous winner admitted after his victory that he marked the number 32 by mistake and said: “I wouldn’t mind making a few more mistakes.”

“Crushing” (April 2014)

A jackpot worth €15 million has been claimed on a ticket sold in Castlebar, Co Mayo. The family wished to remain anonymous.

They had been playing for several years and said the result was “overwhelming”. The Taoiseach at the time, Enda Kenny, called the Staunton Costcutter on Main Street to congratulate those in the shop who sold the ticket.

Syndicate Success (September 2014)

A Dublin syndicate won €86.7million with a ticket sold at Centra, Ballybrack in September 2014. The store owner told media at the time that he knew the winners, but did not never gave up their identity.

Just the ticket (January 2016)

A group of friends raked in £66million in January 2016 from a ticket sold at the Eason store in Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Co Carlow.

The happiness of bus drivers (July 2016)

Also in 2016, a syndicate of 22 Dublin bus drivers won a €23.8 million jackpot in July. They arrived on a double-decker bus to collect their checks and were told they would all be back at work the next day, despite picking up over a million each.

Most members of the group, aged 36 to 63, wished to remain anonymous. However, a few band members have come forward, including Mayo native John Brady and Dubliner David Doherty.

Craig Shearer, another lucky winner, said winning the lotto after beating leukemia was like winning twice. The ticket was sold at O’Hanlon’s Portarlington.

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Dublin Bus Euromillions winners arrive at the National Lottery office after their victory.  Photo: Mark Condren


Dublin Bus Euromillions winners arrive at the National Lottery office after their victory. Photo: Mark Condren

Dublin Bus Euromillions winners arrive at the National Lottery office after their victory. Photo: Mark Condren

Nice job if you can get it (January 2017)

A Dublin labor union has claimed the Euromillions jackpot of €88.5 million. The winning ticket was sold at the Applegreen service station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co Dublin.

The West Awakens (July 2017)

A syndicate in the west of Ireland has won a Euromillions jackpot of €29 million. The ticket was sold at the Garryduff XL store on Pound Road, Castlebar in County Mayo.

38.9 million reasons to be happy (December 2017)

A small family syndicate in Dublin has won €38.9million on a ticket purchased from the Village Shop in Malahide Shopping Centre.

Happy colleagues (June 2018)

32 colleagues from Stakelums Hardware store in Thurles, Co Tipperary shared a €17 million jackpot with a ticket they purchased from Eason’s Store in Thurles Shopping Centre.

Family fortune (February 2019)

The Naul Family Syndicate won €175.4million on a ticket sold at Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul, Co. Dublin.

Kings of Castlebar (February 2020)

A Co Mayo family split the €17million jackpot with a ticket purchased at Mulroy’s Londons store in Castlebar.

Tidy kitty (July 2020)

An online gambler in Dublin landed a jackpot of €49.5 million, which he won with a normal gambling ticket of €2.50.

It’ll Be Fine (February 2022)

Ireland’s latest winner pocketed a check for €30.9m and lottery bosses are urging players to check their tickets carefully.

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