A family from a village outside Dublin, Ireland, has claimed a €175 million (US$198.7 million) EuroMillions jackpot after stashing the winning ticket in an Argos catalog under a mattress.
The family spent the day digesting and celebrating the news that it had won Ireland's biggest-ever jackpot.
"This is unbelievable. It will take us some time to get our heads around this win and to organise ourselves," said a spokesperson for the family, which has not been named.
"We are a very close family. We meet every week and we take holidays together every year. This is a dream come true for us. We don't want this to change our lives. What is so exciting is that we will be able to share this money with children, grandchildren and extended family members."
The lucky ticket was bought at a store called Reilly's Daybreak, in Naul, a village north of Dublin, prompting jubilation among staff and customers.
The winning numbers 1, 8, 18, 19, and 39, with Lucky Star numbers 7 and 9, in the Europe-wide lottery were drawn in Paris on Tuesday night.
A family spokesperson said the ticket had been kept in an Argos catalog under a mattress for safekeeping until it was delivered to the Irish national lottery headquarters in Dublin. Argos is a British catalog retailer operating in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and a subsidiary of Sainsbury's.
"I heard on the RTE news that there was a win in Ireland and I caught the last three numbers. I checked the rest of the numbers online.
"I was numb. It took a bit of convincing everybody that we had won. I didn't sleep a wink all night.
"We need time to let this news sink in and to prepare to collect our winnings. We are a normal family and we don't want this to dramatically change our lives."
Miriam Donohoe, a spokesperson for Ireland's Lotto, said the ticket-holder was "surprising calm" in the initial phone call claiming the win.
It is the biggest Lotto jackpot won by an Irish ticket-holder.
A couple from Moira, in County Down, Northern Ireland, set the island's previous EuroMillions record in January with a £115m jackpot.
Frances and Patrick Connolly said that upon realising they had won, they sat in silence and stared at each other for 10 minutes, then made a cup of tea. They told a press conference they would share the prize with 50 friends and relatives.
Previous Irish EuroMillions jackpot winners
- July 2005: Dolores McNamara from Limerick, was Ireland's first and biggest EuroMillions winner scooping over €115 million.
- July 2008: A lucky player from Co Tipperary won a €15 million jackpot with a ticket bought in Carrick-on-Suir in Co Tipperary.
- June 2009: A family syndicate shared the jackpot with a British winner, taking home over €29.4 million with a ticket they purchased in Dublin.
- June 2013: A winning ticket sold in Beaumount, Dublin, shared a EuroMillions jackpot worth over €187 million. A Dublin player earned half of the jackpot and picked up over €93 million.
- September 2013: A young man from the southeast shared a jackpot of over €25 million with a player in Spain, taking home over €12.8 million.
- April 2014: A jackpot prize worth €15 million was claimed on a ticket sold in Castlebar, Co Mayo.
- September 2014: An €86.7 million (US$109.2 million) jackpot was claimed anonymously by a syndicate from Dublin. The ticket was sold in Centra, Ballybrack, Co Dublin.
- January 2016: A syndicate of friends won over €66 million, splitting the jackpot of €132,376,632. The ticket was sold in Eason's store, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow.
- July 2016: 22 colleagues from Dublin Bus won the €23.8 million. The ticket was sold in O'Hanlon's Portarlington.
- January 2017: A Dublin work syndicate claimed the €88.5 million EuroMillions jackpot. The winning ticket was sold at the Applegreen Service Station on the M1 Northbound in Lusk, Co Dublin.
- July 2017: A syndicate from the West of Ireland won a €29 million EuroMillions jackpot. The ticket was sold in Garryduff XL Store on Pound Road, Castlebar in Co Mayo.
- December 2017: A family from Dublin won €38.9 million (US$46.5 million) on a ticket purchased in The Village Shop in Malahide Shopping Centre.
- In June 2018: 32 colleagues from Stakelums Hardware store in Thurles Co Tipperary share a €17 million EuroMillions jackpot with a ticket they purchased at Eason's Store in Thurles Shopping Centre in Co Tipperary.
- February 2019: A family from a village outside Dublin, Ireland, anonymously claimed a €175 million (US$198.7 million) EuroMillions jackpot after stashing the winning ticket in an Argos catalog under a mattress.