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A family from Co Mayo officially became multi-millionaires on Wednesday when they collected their jackpot of € 13.7 million at the National Lotteryoffices in Dublin.

The winning ticket, a € 10 four-line Quick Pick, was sold by Carey’s Newsagents and Bookshop in Belmullet.

The family, who do not wish to be identified, said they were thrilled and completely surprised by the win.

“We play Lotto all the time, and have had some small wins, but this is tremendous, and very unreal. We played a € 10 Quick Pick ticket in Careys in Belmullet for the big jackpot on Saturday last. We’re really thrilled for Careys as well, and delighted that the biggest jackpot of the year came to Mayo. Normally, we play family numbers, but just because it was such a big jackpot, we decided to play a Quick Pick. Look what happened!”, they said.

“We needed to check the ticket online so many times on Sunday evening, once we realised the winning ticket had been sold in Mayo, and then in Belmullet. It’s a small place, so we knew we had a sporting chance of being the lucky ones, but you really never, ever think that it will be you.”

The family plan to take their first ever skiing holiday, to go to the Euro 2016 finals in France and to help family members with mortgages and bills.

“We’re going to bank the jackpot straight away, have a lovely celebratory dinner this weekend, and think about what we’re going to do. We both work fulltime, and don’t intend giving up our work. We do intend using this win to make our lives, and those of our families, more secure financially. It’s just great to know that there’s plenty available for a rainy day for everyone we care about”, they said.

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