Cork has been one of the three luckiest counties in Ireland in 2018, with 19 major wins in National Lottery games, bringing almost €19.2m to Cork winners.
These included wins in the EuroMillions, Lotto, Daily Millions and Telly Bingo.
Overall, the National Lottery created 23 new millionaires in 2018, paying out €436 million in prizes to its players during the year, it was revealed.
Among the most recent winners were a husband and wife from west Cork who almost recycled their winning ticket.
It was almost a month after the draw on Saturday, November 17 that the pair found their €1m winning ticket, which had been sold sold at the Spar/Applegreen in Skibbereen, in a pile of waste paper.
Other Cork winners this year included the more than €5.6m jackpot won in Crosshaven in March and the €8.3m jackpot won in Dunnes Stores in Bishopstown in August.
Figures show that more than 57 cent in every Euro spent on National Lottery games went back to players – the highest percentage payout since the National Lottery was established 31 years ago.
“2018 has been an incredible year for our players,” Chief Executive of the National Lottery, Dermot Griffin, said. “So far this year, we have made 23 brand new millionaires in Ireland, it has been great meeting so many of these big winners, and witnessing them enjoy the start of their life-changing wins.” “We look forward to creating yet another millionaire through our Christmas Millionaire Raffle which takes place on New Year’s Eve.” In addition to the prize money handed out, the National Lottery also supports numerous charitable causes throughout the country.
“Thanks to the support we have received from our players for all our games that we raised over €227 million in Good Causes this year, or more than €620,000 a day,” Mr Griffin said. “This money is supporting communities and projects all over Ireland in the areas of health, sport, welfare, arts and culture.”