Lucky lottery player comes forward to claim £153m jackpot

The Irish winner of the £153 million (175 million euro) EuroMillions jackpot has come forward.

The Irish National Lottery confirmed on Wednesday that it had been contacted by the ticket holder.

A spokeswoman said: “We can confirm we have heard from the holder of the winning ticket but are not in a position to give any more details at the moment.

“We hope to be in a position to give details on where the winning ticket was sold later today.”

The jackpot is the biggest in the country’s history.

The winning numbers were 1, 8, 18, 19 and 39. The Lucky Stars were 7 and 9.

National Lottery chief executive Dermot Griffin said: “We are delighted the winner has made contact. This is an incredible win for an Irish EuroMillions player. And a record win for the National Lottery. We are thrilled.

“This has been an incredibly lucky period for players on the island of Ireland.

“In January a Northern Ireland couple won an amazing 127 million euro in the EuroMillions jackpot. The luck of the Irish is definitely in the air.”

The National Lottery tweeted on Tuesday night: “Players of Ireland – Check your tickets! Someone just matched all numbers & stars on tonight’s draw winning a massive E175,475,380 and set a new record for the biggest win in National Lottery history.”

Five other tickets won £275,601 (317,493 euro).

This is the 14th Irish EuroMillions winning ticket since the game began in Ireland in 2004.

The record-breaking win tops the £99 million (115 million euro) won by Dolores McNamara, from Limerick, in July 2005.

The second biggest win was in 2008 when a player from Tipperary won £13 million (15 million euro) in 2008.

The EuroMillions jackpot had rolled over for several weeks and nearly reached the maximum payout of £165 million (190 million euro). This maximum jackpot has only been won three times over the history of the game.

EuroMillions is played in nine countries. In the UK, 28p for every £1 is donated to National Lottery good causes – since it began, more than £37 billion has been raised.

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