Dublin family syndicate collects €175.4m Euromillions jackpot

National Lottery CEO Dermot Griffin with the winning cheque

National Lottery CEO Dermot Griffin with the winning cheque

Speaking this morning after they collected their massive cheque, a family spokesperson for the syndicate said: "It feels pretty good so far, it's been a fairly hectic week, so far everything is pretty positive", Gerry Brown, a husband of one of the siblings told Sean O'Rourke on RTÉ Radio One.

His wife placed the ticket in an Argos catalogue for safekeeping overnight before travelling on the bus the next day to Ireland's National Lottery headquarters.

When the two checked to ensure that they really did have the right numbers, Gerry said that he thought to himself "Ah Jesus, is this real?"

The family syndicate has running a couple of years, they do it once a week and the winning ticket was a €14 quick pick, said Gerry.

Reporters descended on the area to discover who the winners were, but Gerry had nothing but praise for the locals who kept tightlipped and "not one of them told them where we lived".

Asked if he got any sleep on the first night, Mr Browne said he had "about six vodkas so I slept pretty alright".

The Brownes do not intend to move out of their home town of Naul in north County Dublin. I'd rather just go back the way I was. "I was happy enough before I won it, so I hope it doesn't change too much".

A keen cyclist he is planning on spending some of the thousands on a bike.

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The win is the biggest ever EuroMillions win Ireland. I'm mad into cycling so that's the only thing I'd be thinking of'.

"The best thing of the whole lot is what you can do for other people. We'll be glad when it's over, give us a bit of privacy, let us get on".

He said that he they had a number of charities that they were looking into donating money to, and he has absolutely no interest in moving out of The Naul.

Asked what they might do with it he said: 'Look after your kids and grandkids, and brothers and sisters and all that'.

He said: "This is life-changing for all of the family and we are absolutely thrilled".

"We have spent the last week getting independent legal and financial advice, and our win is slowly sinking in".

'We are a very close family and this is a dream come true for us.

National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, previously congratulated the family on the fantastic win. This has been a historic few weeks for us with our biggest ever jackpot payout'.

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