The Kostal Knights EuroMillions lottery syndicate have come forward to claim their €500k prize this week.
The syndicate which is made up of 68 Kostal co-workers in Abbeyfeale.
The lucky EuroMillions lottery syndicate members will each take home just over €7,000.
The draw took place on October 18 but the lucky winners only collected their winnings this Tuesday.
They told EuroMillions lottery officials that due to the fact that there were so many of them in the syndicate, there was little to no chance of their win not being made public.
“With so many people in the syndicate, there wasn’t a hope that we could have kept this quiet,” said Michael Herlihy.
He said that the group have been playing for just over nine years, with him as the EuroMillions lottery syndicate group leader.
“It’s a lot of work maintaining a work syndicate, especially when you have to look after 68 subscriptions on a regular basis, it becomes hard work in itself. With that being said, the win is all the sweeter when you travel to Lottery HQ with your colleagues to pick up a cheque for a half a million euros,” Mr Herlihy said.
“At the end of the day, we’ve won €500,000 between 68 members and that is a lot of money. Everybody has their own plans which includes car upgrades and holidays but most importantly, two of the group are getting married this year so this win will go a long way to helping them out with their bills,” he added.
Even though it took them a while to come forward and claim the prize, the group have been celebrating their win since the draw that took place on October 9.
Michael Herlihy said that there has been great excitement in the surrounding communities of Abbeyfeale who are “delighted for our win”.
Even though the group comprising of 68 members is quite large compared to most syndicates, it still does not compare to biggest ever National Lottery syndicate win which stands at 291 syndicate members. They were from Confey GAA Club in Kildare who won a Lotto prize of €205,520 in 2004.
In other EuroMillions lottery news, the winner of the massive £170,000,000 also came forward during the week, opting to keep their identity private.
According to Camelot, a single ticket-holder won £170,221,000 after taking part in the same draw.
The player came forward two days after the draw to claim the prize, matching five main numbers – 07, 10, 15, 44 and 49 and the two Lucky Star numbers 03 and 12.
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Not far behind in second place is the fabulous SuperEna Max which has rolled to an enticing €115 million!
Coming up through the field fast is everyone’s favourite, EuroMillions with a stunning €96 million jackpot.
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