‘We thought €370k Lotto win news was a wind-up’

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Stephen Flaherty news@dai­ly­mail.ie

THE cham­pagne was flow­ing at Na­tional Lot­tery head­quar­ters in Dublin yes­ter­day, as a lucky syn­di­cate from Cork ar­rived to claim a cheque worth €369,210.

Mem­bers of the group of lucky 20 tele­sales work­ers said they thought news of the lot­tery wind­fall was a wind-up as staff are al­ways play­ing pranks on each other.

The syn­di­cate scooped the prize in a EuroMil­lions draw on Tues­day, July 11, when they matched five num­bers and a lucky star.

While the col­leagues were thank­ing their lucky stars for their good for­tune, they were just one Lucky Star short of win­ning the over­all jack­pot of €17mil­lion – and so will Cheque mates: Staff Mar­guerite Mur­phy and Suzanna McAuliffe be back to work as usual af­ter on the Cork Road in Mal­low. their cel­e­bra­tions. The win­ners of €369,210 plan to

The win­ning €7 Quick Pick ticket split the win­nings equally, mean­ing was bought at Fo­ley’s Food­store each will take home €18,460.

One of the youngest em­ploy­ees to re­ceive the wind­fall was Eoin Maye, 24, from Fer­moy. Mr Maye, who only joined the com­pany a year and a half ago, re­ceived the call in­form­ing him of the group’s win­nings while on hol­i­day, and ini­tially thought it was a wind-up.

‘One of the lads rang me and I didn’t be­lieve him,’ he said. ‘But I came home straight away, and they told me it was true, so I was de­lighted,’ he said. Re­veal­ing that he planned to spend the money on a car, he joked: ‘I’m think­ing an Audi. I might drive around, be a bit flashy.’

Rang­ing in age from 22 to 60, the win­ners all work in the tele­sales di­vi­sion at the Barry Group, a lead­ing whole­sale dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany in Mal­low.

Paul Ring, 31, who has worked at the Barry Group since 2009, was also on hol­i­day when he got the call. De­scrib­ing the mo­ment he found out about the win, he said: ‘I got a phone call from a friend of mine who wasn’t in the syn­di­cate.

‘We do wind each other up from time to time, so I didn’t be­lieve him.’ Speak­ing at Na­tional Lot­tery HQ in Dublin, ex­cited syn­di­cate spokes­woman Emma Quaid said: ‘To­mor­row, it’ll be back to busi­ness as usual – but not be­fore a few glasses of cham­pagne.’

A ju­bi­lant Jim Barry, head of the Barry Group, was not part of the syn­di­cate him­self, but said he was de­lightd for the group. ‘They are gen­uinely lovely peo­ple, and I’m de­lighted for them,’ he said.

One star short of €17m jack­pot

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