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Dublin syndicate wins €87 million Euromillions jackpot in Sep 19 draw

Ireland's the new lucky land for lotto-lovers. Last weekend's Euromillions lottery drew a mega-winner, reportedly a syndicate in Dublin, whose identity is being kept under wraps.

This is the fourth Irish Euromillions super-success since 2013 - remarkably lucky given the demanding odds of the game, following on the heels of previous jackpot-wins in June 2013 (€94m), September 2013 (a €12.8m share of a €25.8m jackpot), and March 2014 (€15m). This brings the overall Irish tally to whopping €751m in Euromillions payouts since the lottery first launched in the country in 2004, and which promptly gained local popularity following a €115m win in 2005 by Limerick resident Delores McNamara. The latest win is, till date, the third largest jackpot win for Ireland.

Last week's winning combination, coming from Millionaire Raffle no. TST770645, was 6-8-34-38-48, and the Lucky Stars were 3 and 9. The win came from a €6 Quick Pick. The syndicate remains anonymous, but has already called in the National Lottery office to collect their winning cheque of €87m (about £67 million). As per rules, the agent who sold the ticket will also receive €25,000. Another Irish syndicate based in Donegal also picked up a €4.9 m Lotto prize very recently this month, splitting the prize-money between its 13 members.

Players of the Euromillions draw have 13 chances of winning a prize, starting from matching 2 game numbers. The 5 main game numbers are to be selected from a range of 1-50 each, while each of the 2 Lucky Star numbers can be anything from 1 to 11.The prizes keep increasing in payout size as the number of matching numbers increases. The maximum number of winners comes from the entry-level tier of 2 matching tickets, sometimes crossing a million winners each winning small prizes of €3-5. In order to win the jackpot, all 7 numbers must be matched, and in case of multiple winners, the jackpot is shared equally between the co-winners. The jackpot amount rolls over in case there is no winner in a particular week. The €87m jackpot, for example, rolled over 8 times before finding a winner, while the current Euromillions jackpot has already rolled over twice since then. Players will vie for €32m in the upcoming Euromillons draw on Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014.

Lotto authorities will also officially reveal details of the mystery jackpot-winner the coming week, which will lay rest to a lot of suspense and speculation. In the meantime, punters might try their luck at Euromillions with tickets purchased on good ol' Irish soil - the local Irish Lotto offices have certainly seen a spike in public interest since the latest win!

Luck of the Irish, eh? Well, the times - they are a-changing!

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