Irish bus drivers lotto syndicate lands them €24m Euro jackpot

July 4, 2016 7:30 pm

The lucky 22 Dublin Bus colleagues will each collect over €1 million each from the €24 million jackpot. Photo / Getty

It will be more than a busman’s holiday for 22 lucky colleagues in the Dublin Bus depot in this week.
The
syndicate of workers in the North Dublin garage picked the winning
numbers in Friday night’s €24 million ($37.3 million) jackpot in the
EuroMillions Lottery, netting them around €1,083,866.36 each.
“They’re all lovely lads and every one of them deserves it,” Dublin Bus chief inspector Tony Carey told the Irish Independent. “I wish them the best because it was a great scoop for them. It will be a big loss if we lose them all,” he said with a laugh.
Tony
said there are two separate syndicates on the go in the depot, one for
management and one for the drivers: “Our day will come too. Hopefully,”
he said. But in fact the management syndicate of 50 is also celebrating
a win in last Wednesday’s National Lottery which netted them €134 each.

According to reports only two of the winning drivers are under
50 and most of them have long years of service behind them. There were
doubts whether all the drivers would turn up to start their 6am shift on
Monday morning (GMT).
One driver turning up for his shift in the adjacent Phibsboro garage on Sunday morning told the Irish Times: “We’re all in syndicates. They just happened to win. If I had won the lottery, would I be here?”
The
National Lottery agency in Ireland declined to confirm where the ticket
was sold and said it will be some time before the location is revealed.
They advised the winners to sign their tickets and keep them safe.
It
is not the first time the Euromillions jackpot has been won by a player
from the Republic. A syndicate involving a group of friends won €66
million in January, the Irish Times reports.
The twelfth
highest jackpot in the competition’s history was won by Dolores McNamara
from Co Limerick when she took home €115 ($178 million), 436,126 in
July 2005.
Other winners in Ireland have scooped the jackpot with wins of €94m, €29.4m and €15m.
EuroMillions
is played in nine countries – Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland,
Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

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