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Work syndicate toasts 88.5 million euro lottery success

A work syndicate which scooped an 88.5 million euro EuroMillions win last month are to keep their identities secret.

But the lucky group from Dublin said they are looking forward to financial freedom, a quiet party and booking holidays and even admitted planning a return to "normal everyday life".

The syndicate picked up a cheque for 88,587,275 euro at the National Lottery offices on Thursday and revealed the course of events which led to them collecting the massive jackpot.

One member said they discovered the win by checking the winning ticket on their phone.

"I was aware that the EuroMillions jackpot was won in Ireland so I had to check the ticket straight away," they said.

"I scanned the ticket on the National Lottery App and a message flashed up which told me that I had to contact the National Lottery. When I checked the numbers, I was speechless, I couldn't believe it. It was such an incredible feeling."

The jackpot success on January 24 is the third largest EuroMillions win in Ireland.

The ticket was sold at the Applegreen service station near Lusk, Co Dublin, on the northbound side of the M1.

A spokesperson for the syndicate said: "We are absolutely delighted. We all have bills to pay with mortgages, loans and whatnot so we are looking forward to the financial freedom that comes with a win of this magnitude.

"We will be having a quiet party with family and friends to celebrate our good fortune.

"We will not be getting carried away with our win and we will return to normal everyday life as soon as possible. We're looking forward to enjoying the win with our families and we might indulge by booking our sun holidays in the next couple of days."

The biggest winner was Dolores McNamara, who scooped 115 million euro in 2005, while other cheques have been written in recent years for 94 million euro for someone who bought a ticket in north Dublin, 87 million for a syndicate which bought a ticket in Ballybrack, Dublin, and a group of friends who won 66 million euro.

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