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Euro Millions lottery winner 'in Dublin to collect prize'

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The Irish woman who won the biggest jackpot in European lottery history is believed to have flown to Dublin to collect her winnings, it emerged Monday.

A relation of Dolores McNamara, 50, from St Patrick's Road, in Limerick city, said she flew straight to the capital with her best friend the day after learning of her €115.6 million (US$136 million) win.

"Apparently she flew to Dublin from Shannon on Saturday morning and booked into a hotel there," her relative, who did not want to be named, said.

However, National Lottery bosses have said they cannot confirm if Ms. McNamara has the winning ticket until the person reports to the headquarters on Lower Abbey Street in Dublin.

Paula McEvoy, the spokeswoman for the Irish National Lottery, said Ms. McNamara would not be able to deliver the ticket to the Dublin headquarters until Tuesday morning at the earliest.

"We can confirm the winning ticket was sold in Garryowen Stores in Limerick but we don't have a winner yet until someone comes forward," she said.

"We are hoping the winner will contact us when the office opens Tuesday morning at 9:15 am."

Ms. McEvoy said that as the enormous sum would be transferred from the eight EU countries involved it would take until Wednesday or Thursday to gather the amount.

"It will be Wednesday at the earliest before it can be collected or Thursday."

She added, "But the person has 90 days to come forward and collect it. Everyone is different, some would be dying to come in and others would come in only 90 minutes before it is due to elapse. It is up to the winner if they want to go public. They are entitled not to and we will respect their wishes, whatever they are."

After eating a humble breakfast in a local pub on Saturday morning, a relative said Ms. McNamara met with a solicitor in a Limerick hotel to seek legal advice after her name was released into the public domain.

"She sought legal advice on Saturday morning, not to have her pictures publicized and pictures of her children shown," he said.

Dozens of people immediately learned of her enormous win on Friday night after she got her friend to check her EuroMillions lottery ticket in The Track bar in Garryowen.

News of the win quickly spread throughout the tight-knit Limerick community and some of Ms. McNamara's six children rushed to the bar to celebrate.

And a friend of the family, who took pictures in the pub on Friday night, is believed to have sold the pictures to several newspapers for more than €16,000.

One of Ms. McNamara's six children immediately urged her to put the ticket into safe hands. The family brought the ticket to Henry Street Garda Station, where staff are believed to have contacted the Trustee Savings Bank to place it in the vaults.

"She met with the bank manager on Friday night, she is getting legal advice, left, right and center," the relative added. "She is now richer than Rod Stewart."

Ms. McNamara and her husband Adrian, a bricklayer, have three daughters – Dawn, 28, Kim, 22, and Kevanne, 20 – and three sons – Gary, 26, Dean, 15 and Lee, 13.

Father Terry O'Connell, who administers mass only yards away from the McNamara's €150,000 white terraced house, said the parish of St Brigid and St Patrick was now the richest parish in Ireland.

"For the area, it is now the richest parish in Ireland at the moment," Fr O'Connell said. "One of our own won it, we congratulate her on that. Someone had to win it, and with all the negative publicity for Limerick it is good to hear a positive aspect for Limerick."

Fr O'Connell said he hoped the family use the money wisely and get proper advice.

"She will probably have friends she never knew she had coming out of trees, people will be coming up to her claiming they are cousins of cousins," he said. "It can also be a time of tremendous turmoil for her, the Dolores McNamara that was is not any more. She can never be the same. Her life has dramatically changed. What change she is going to put on that is up to herself.

"It could be seen as a blessing and it could be seen as worse," he said.

Fr O'Connell said it was going to be difficult for her to re-settle in the house she abandoned on Saturday.

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Posted: August 2, 2005, 11:08 am - IP Logged

Great - a motor-mouth relative telling every one where the winner is hiding out. Sheesh! To top it off, "friends" are already selling things to make a profit.

Gotta love a town named Limerick though.

 

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    "Father Terry O'Connell, who administers mass only yards away from the McNamara's €150,000 white terraced house, said the parish of St Brigid and St Patrick was now the richest parish in Ireland."

    Now that's nice to see, a community that shares.  Not only is Dolores McNamara and her immediate family richer because of her win, but the community and her extended family of relatives, friends, neighbors and drinking pals at the local pub may be as well.  God bless the good hearts of the Irish people.

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      Get out of town Mrs. McNamara. Take your family and run for your lives!!!!

      Their private lives will be "no more".

      litebets

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        Was that a QP? Or her personal numbers?


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          "Father Terry O'Connell, who administers mass only yards away from the McNamara's €150,000 white terraced house, said the parish of St Brigid and St Patrick was now the richest parish in Ireland."

          So where does it say she promised to donate any of her winnings to the parish? That clergyman certainly is assuming a lot. She could be an atheist, agnostic, lapsed Catholic or any other believer.


          She saw a banker and solicitor and then went straight to collect her winnings. No mention of stopping by any church to give thanks. Sounds like she has a different set of priorities and if a church is factored in it certainly isn't on the top of her things-to-do list.

          But that's the Irish for you.

           

           

           

           

           

           

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                                                    There is an ole lass in limerick

                                               whose fortune did amount real quick

                                                        old larry put her afront

                                                          now he's in a funk

                                            but the church has proclaimed fortunate

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                                                      There is an ole lass in limerick

                                                 whose fortune did amount real quick

                                                          old larry put her afront

                                                            now he's in a funk

                                              but the church has proclaimed fortunate

              Bless you, litebets

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                Posted: August 3, 2005, 9:08 am - IP Logged

                In a bar I used to hang out in in Boston in '62, surrounded by drinkers with an Irish heritage, the crowd used to sing a song:


                Oh, we're off to Dublin in the green, in the green

                And the bayonets are glittering in the sun

                And the band they blew

                And the lightning flew

                To the echo of a Thompson gun.

                 

                Old Delores might just need to dig out that Thompson gun to keep the parasites off her winnings before this is over.

                Jack

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                  According to  the Irish Examiner http://www.examiner.ie/pport/web/ireland/Full_Story/did-sgyet7L04NptQsgHuTLc4nqWo2.asp

                  The local post office in Limerick is drawing up contingency plans to cope with the expected mail bags of hard luck stories, including a once-a-day van delivery to the McNamara's. They predict the response to the €115 million win will place too much of a burden on the local letter carrier whose daily round includes St Patrick’s Road, where Ms McNamara lives.  They said major lottery winners usually get up to 10,000 letters, but international media coverage of Ms McNamara’s win is expected to generate much more.

                  I guess lottery winners are expected to do a little more than collect their winnings and live happy ever after.

                   * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                     
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                    According to  the Irish Examiner http://www.examiner.ie/pport/web/ireland/Full_Story/did-sgyet7L04NptQsgHuTLc4nqWo2.asp

                    The local post office in Limerick is drawing up contingency plans to cope with the expected mail bags of hard luck stories, including a once-a-day van delivery to the McNamara's. They predict the response to the €115 million win will place too much of a burden on the local letter carrier whose daily round includes St Patrick’s Road, where Ms McNamara lives.  They said major lottery winners usually get up to 10,000 letters, but international media coverage of Ms McNamara’s win is expected to generate much more.

                    I guess lottery winners are expected to do a little more than collect their winnings and live happy ever after.

                    The nice thing about 10K letters is that it's easy to make a decision as to whether to open them or just bag them for the garbage man without further adeau.  500 or a thousand letters would be a lot more difficult.... a person might be tempted to actually try to read some of them.

                    Jack

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                      According to  the Irish Examiner http://www.examiner.ie/pport/web/ireland/Full_Story/did-sgyet7L04NptQsgHuTLc4nqWo2.asp

                      The local post office in Limerick is drawing up contingency plans to cope with the expected mail bags of hard luck stories, including a once-a-day van delivery to the McNamara's. They predict the response to the €115 million win will place too much of a burden on the local letter carrier whose daily round includes St Patrick’s Road, where Ms McNamara lives.  They said major lottery winners usually get up to 10,000 letters, but international media coverage of Ms McNamara’s win is expected to generate much more.

                      I guess lottery winners are expected to do a little more than collect their winnings and live happy ever after.

                      The nice thing about 10K letters is that it's easy to make a decision as to whether to open them or just bag them for the garbage man without further adeau.  500 or a thousand letters would be a lot more difficult.... a person might be tempted to actually try to read some of them.

                      Jack

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                        We need a Euro key and a Pound Sterling key on our typewriters.