The lucky 13 from Inishowen and Derry who won 4.8million euro in the Irish Lotto collected their prize at National Lottery Offices today, (Monday, September 22nd.)
The Lucky 13 hit the jackpot last Wednesday 17th September, when they bought their Lotto ticket in Cullen’s Cockhill, Buncrana, and matched the six numbers in that evening’s draw to scoop the massive jackpot prize.
The winners are aged from 20-40 years old and work in the insurance services team at Forward Emphasis, a customer services centre based in Malin Head, Co. Donegal. They’ve played Lotto together every week for the last year and the biggest prize they’ve won previous was €150.
One of the lucky group, Maria Doherty from Clonmany, only joined the company last week and this was the first Lotto draw she entered with the syndicate.
The colleagues will share the jackpot equally, each taking home €374,695.84. Plans for spending the winnings include paying off mortgages, purchasing new cars, holidays and shopping.
It is the fourth time a Lotto jackpot winning ticket has been sold in Buncrana. Since Lotto began in 1988, over €73.5 million has been paid out to 51 lucky Co. Donegal winners.
The last time the Lotto jackpot was won in Co. Donegal, it was the biggest win for the County. In June 2014, the winning ticket of €12.1 million, which was purchased in American House, Main St. Bundoran, was won by a local couple.
11 of the winners come from Inishowen and two are from Derry. The syndicate members are: Linda McKinley, Greencastle; Marian McCauley, Gleneely; James Bradley, Buncrana; Liam Bradley, Derry; Anna McKinney, Derry; Anne Marie Jordan, Malin;
Amanda McFadden, Buncrana but originally from Cavan; Marie McLaughlin, Clonmany; Patricia Quigley, Carndonagh; Helen Doherty, Malin Head; Claire McElhinney, Fahan; Maria Doherty, Clonmany and Kelly McMonagle, Moville.