In THe money

Long week ahead: €87 million Euromillions winner has to wait until Thursday to claim prize

Someone in the country is probably having the best day of their lives today.

Updated 4.34pm

SOMEWHERE IN THE country, someone is probably having the best day of their lives today.


As you’ve probably heard by now, the winning Euromillions ticket for the €86.7 million jackpot last night was sold in Ireland. (We’ll give you a minute to go and double-check your ticket before you continue reading this. Finished? Ok).

However they’ll have to contain their excitement: it’s going to be a few days before they can get their mitts on the gigantic cheque.

A spokesperson from the National Lottery explained the wait: “The prize money must be transferred from all participating lotteries across Europe so it’ll be close to Thursday before that process is complete.”

The Euromillions jackpot has been won seven times in Ireland since the game began in 2004. Four of those wins have been in the past 16 months.

The National Lottery is asking this lucky winner to do three things:

  1. Sign the back of the winning ticket
  2. Put the ticket in a safe place (but not so safe that they can’t remember where it is, obviously)
  3. Contact them AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Or at least, once the office opens at 9.15am on Monday.

Of course, there may be no rush. The winner may not want to attract publicity, especially if they have to travel to Dublin specifically to pick up the cheque – the National Lottery has not yet said where the winning ticket was sold.

The winner has exactly 90 days from the date of yesterday’s draw to claim the prize from National Lottery headquarters on Abbey Street in Dublin, so theoretically they could pick it up any time up until Thursday 18 December.

In the meantime, here are some things they could buy with their €86,700,000.

Every single one of the seven most expensive houses for sale in Ireland right now (and still have €36 million left to decorate them) 


24.7 Lamborghini Veneo Roadsters, the most expensive car in the world this year (they cost €3.5 million and only nine of them have been built). 


Get Beyoncé and Jay-Z to play a gig in their living room for 43 nights in a row (assuming they charge €1 million each per night). 

Beyonce And Jay Z - On The Run Tour - Paris - Night 2 AP / Press Association Images AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

One-fifth of the largest and most expensive yacht in the world: the Azzam, which is owned by the president of the United Arab Emirates and which cost some €448 million. 

not a boat it's a yacht BusinessInsider BusinessInsider

81,792,452 litres of milk (assuming that 1 litres costs €1.06), just in case they get really thirsty. 


Read: Check your tickets – the €87 million EuroMillions winner is in Ireland > 

Read: Shop customers scoop €500k in EuroMillions syndicate > 

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.