Two very lucky EuroMillions players in Ireland and Belgium have won almost €94 million each in the latest jackpot draw Tuesday evening.
There were two winning tickets sharing the top prize of over €187,937,614 (US$245.5 million).
The winning tickets were sold in Ireland and in Belgium. When contacted this evening, a spokeswoman for the Ireland National Lottery was not yet aware of the location where the winning ticket was purchased.
"The jackpot of over €180m will be shared equally. We don't have any further details at the moment with regard to the region in Ireland," she said.
The numbers 4, 5, 13, 27, 35 and the Lucky Stars numbered 1 and 2 were selected out of a possible 50 main numbers and 11 Lucky Stars numbers. Each jackpot winner will receive a prize of €93,968,807.
The National Lottery's lotto.ie site slowed after news of the win emerged. EuroMillions draws are held every Tuesday and Friday night in Paris and the lottery is played in several European countries. All prizes are tax-free.
As with Irish lotto winners, EuroMillion winners in Ireland have 90 days to claim their prize from the National Lottery headquarters in Dublin.
Mystery surrounding the identity of last night's winner has already caused much excitement and speculation on social media sites and will undoubtedly lead to intensive interest across all media in the identity of the winner.
The National Lottery spokeswoman said: " Hopefully they will check their ticket, and once they do, we will advise them to give us a call and get in touch. I suppose it will be a busy day. It's absolutely fantastic news for a EuroMillions player in Ireland."
Tonight is the fourth time the EuroMillions jackpot has been won in Ireland.
A family claimed some €15 million after purchasing a quickpick ticket in Carrickbeg, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary in July 2008 but Limerick woman Dolores McNamara remains the State's biggest lottery winner. She won €115 million in the EuroMillions in 2005.
Friday's EuroMillions jackpot is a guaranteed €15 million.
Congratulation to the winners
Congrats. and happy shopping. Your country, will be smiling along with you. They will tax the daylights out of you. They need the money.
there is no tax on lottery winnings in Ireland or Belgium. The only European countries that tax lottery winnings are Switzerland, Spain and Portugal since 2013.
They are actally very lucky on that front since they won't get taxed on their winnings.
HaHaHa, its all smoke and mirrors. I have yet to see a country worth living in, that has a tax code that states, "Lottery winnings are not personal income, and are totally exempt from taxation". In the USA, they really stick it to you-up front and in the rear-fed,state,city-and you still have to figure out, at the end of the tax year, what else you owe. YIKES!!!. Some other countries, they give you the illusion that, since they are not collecting any money from you, up front, as taxes, its free. No its not, in the end, they still stick it to you in the rear. And then, in the real "cool" countries, they don't bother with tax codes. They just send agents to your house, to tell you what you owe. Pay up or else? How does something that should bring so much joy, have so many tentacles of frustration attached to it? Keeping all this in mind, I still want to be the next jackpot winner!!!!!!!!. MONACO where are you?.
I wonder if the Belgian and Irish winners will get together after they get their money?
The Belgian could invite the Irishman to Belgium for Belgian Waffles.
And the Irishman could invite the Belgian to come over to Ireland and get drunk.
This is the biggest JP of the world. No tax,real money,not the advertised amount.
Congrat ! better share than not have any . Good job always good to hear someone is winning even if it isn't you.
a lady from county limmerick,
needed some cash so very quick,
she heard form some truckers,
that lotto's for suckers.
she told em where that advice they can stick.
Congrats to the Winners.
why she don't know where the tickets was from.
Congrats to the Winners
I hope to be one of them. I wonder if they have plans on how to manage huge amount of jackpot prize! They need to have financial advisor to help them with their finances. Just like the advice in one article that I have read, the winner should have a plan first before claiming his/her price so they will not end up broke after few years.