THE Euromillions sisters who scooped a £152million jackpot celebrated with a takeaway – as they toasted their second family win.
One of the lucky six, Kathleen Sheridan, calmly returned to her Meath home with a takeout after her life was completely transformed this week.
Kathleen Sheridan, one of the sisters who won the EuroMillions jackpot, celebrated the win with a takeaway
PA:Press Association It is the biggest win in the history of the National Lottery
She said: “We’re still in shock, we just can’t believe it.”
Kathleen’s daughter Emma added: “They’re going to share it between everyone . . . that’s what they’re like, a real tight-knit family.
“They meet in their house every Sunday and it’s only in the last few weeks they’ve started playing the EuroMillions, because two of their brothers died quite close together last year, so they do that every Sunday.
“It hasn’t hit us . . . It’s a major, big shock. It really hasn’t sunk in yet. She (Kathleen) told us this morning and said not to say a word.”
It is the second time fortune has hit the family after Kathleen’s sister-in-law won over IR£600,000 years ago in the National Lottery.
But the clan are now at the centre of a major frenzy after bagging the biggest ever lottery win on this island.
One of the winners hid their golden ticket in an Argos catalogue under their mattress overnight after being left “numb” by the massive windfall.
The winning numbers were 1, 8, 18, 19, and 39 while the Lucky Stars were 7 and 9.
‘WE’RE STILL IN SHOCK’
A spokesperson for the family told the National Lottery: “We are a very close family. We meet every week and we take holidays together every year.
“This is a dream come through 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.
“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.”
They then kept the ticket safe by putting it in an Argos catalogue and put it under her mattress.
She added: “I didn’t sleep a wink all night.”
Ecstatic staff at the newsagent’s that sold the ticket popped champagne and posed for snaps with a giant cheque after selling the winning £152 EuroMillions ticket.
This is a dream come through for us. We don’t want this to change our livesSpokesperson for the winning family
Store owner Les Reilly told the Irish Mirror: “Lotto have just confirmed it to us that we sold the winning ticket.
“We never sold a big one before. A few €25,000 but now we’ve done it in real style.”
He added: “If it’s who I think it is, I’d be over the moon for them.
“People were coming into the shop today to congratulate him and shake his hand.”
National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, congratulated the shop on selling the dream ticket.
He said: “This is an incredible win for an Irish EuroMillions player. And a record win for the National Lottery we are thrilled. It is also a great day for the lucky shop that sold the golden ticket congrats to all.”
He added: “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 in the EuroMillions jackpot. The luck of the Irish is definitely in the air.”
Spokeswoman Miriam Donohoe said the winner was “surprisingly calm” and “very together” when they called into Lotto HQ this morning.
What they intend to do with the winningsBy winning a hefty £152m that means the clan will get a little under £22m each.
But the family has said the staggering amount of money though won’t change their lives.
The close family said they meet every week to play the lottery and still go on family holidays all together.
A spokesman for the family said they didn’t want the win to change things.
They intend to share the winnings with “children, grandchildren and extended family members”.
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She added: “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.”
A couple from Northern Ireland won a EuroMillions jackpot of £115m at the start of the year.
Kathleen said the win hadn’t sunk in for the lucky family yet
PA:Press Association The win is Ireland’s 14th EuroMillions win
PA:Press Association The ticket was bought from a newsagent’s in north Dublin
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