A lottery syndicate from County Mayo has claimed Saturday's €4 million Irish Lotto jackpot. The syndicate members, who all work together, have chosen to remain anonymous, but told National Lottery Ireland officials the win could not have come at a better time.
The Irish Lotto numbers drawn on Saturday, August 23, 2014, were 3, 9, 18, 28, 32, and 43. The bonus number was 44.
The syndicate bought their lucky ticket in An Post [Ireland's postal services provider], on Bury Street in Ballina, on Thursday, August 21, 2014. It was the only ticket to successfully match all of the numbers drawn on Saturday night. The syndicate picked up their €3,919,939 check on Monday.
A syndicate member said: "Everyone is delighted."
Ballina hasn't produced any big winners in over a year; the last time was April 13, 2013.
A National Lottery Ireland spokesperson said: "On that occasion the prize was €1,292,228, won by a family syndicate who purchased their ticket in Paperchase, Dunnes Stores Shopping Centre, Ballina."
It’s the first time a major win has been scooped on a ticket purchased from the local An Post though, and local residents are said to happy for the lucky winners, but the syndicate members have done a good job of keeping their secret, nobody appears to have any idea who the winners might be.
According to Ballina councilor Gerry Ginty there are few if any rumors in the town, but Ginty said everyone was delighted for the lucky winners and their success was a big boost for the town.