Bere Island syndicate collect €500,000 Euromillions prize

Bere Island syndicate collect €500,000 Euromillions prize
Mary Murphy, Post Mistress, Rerrin Post Office on Bere Island with family, friends and customers after she sold a €500,000 Euro Millions ticket. Pic: Don MacMonagle / Mac Innes Photography

It has been seven days since the 180 residents of Bere Island were thrust into the international spotlight after a winning EuroMillions ticket was sold at the island’s local Post Office.

After taking some time to come to terms with their win, a small island syndicate have finally made the long trip to National Lottery offices in Dublin to collect their €500,000 prize.

“It’s been an absolutely crazy week,” said the syndicate leader who confirmed that the syndicate were all from the island.

The group bought their winning Quick Pick ticket from Post Mistress, Mary Murphy whose Post Office is the only National Lottery retailer on the island. 

The sale of National Lottery products was only introduced to Bere Island in late 2016 following the roll-out of National Lottery products through the An Post network.

While the group wish to keep their win private, they admitted that it is probably the worst kept secret among their neighbours on the island.

"We’ve timed this perfectly as we hear there’s a television crew from SKY on the island looking for us this morning,” they laughed.

“We could never have expected the huge reaction that our beautiful little island has received all across the world just because of our EuroMillions win. We are extremely grateful for all of the support we have received in the past few days and we are planning a big celebration for the entire island once the dust settles. We have a wonderful community spirit on the island and our win will allow us to make some very positive changes there in the coming months,” they added.

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