Westmeath family walking on air with their €500,000 EuroMillions Plus prize

The National Lottery winners’ room was the scene of an incredible family reunion today (Friday) as a large Westmeath family syndicate gathered to claim the €500,000 EuroMillions Plus prize they won on Friday May 17.

This lucky winners who wish to remain anonymous bought their EuroMillions ticket in Marie’s Moate store on Church Street in Moate.

This is the ninth top prize winner on EuroMillions Plus in Ireland alone this year.

After receiving their cheque worth €500,000 from National Lottery officials, one of the winning syndicate members described the exact moment that the family realised they had hit the top prize in the EuroMillions Plus game.

“The morning after the draw, I saw a post on Facebook which announced the win in the local shop,” she said.

“My heart properly stopped for a moment, knowing that there was a very big chance that the winning ticket was in my handbag!

“I said to my mother that it was definitely us and we just sat in the house for hours before we even checked the ticket!

“It was just a magical feeling when we all finally plucked up the courage to check it – it was just brilliant.

The Westmeath family who have been playing EuroMillions as a syndicate for nearly 10 years have put any major spending sprees on hold and instead they plan to continue their celebrations with a family holiday in the sun.

“We’ve been walking on air for the last week but we’re still trying to get our heads around the fact that we’ll be sharing a half million between us.

“We’ve thought very little about our plans for the money but we’re determined to enjoy the celebrations for the time being.

“We’re all going on a nice holiday soon so we’ll take a little bit of time out before we make any big decisions for the money,” said the syndicate member.

Want to share that winning feeling? Play EuroMillions.

Friday’s jackpot is heading for an estimated €55 million. Play in store, on the National Lottery App or online by 7:30pm by Friday evening for your chance to win.