A DUBLIN woman has become the first winner of Ireland’s brand new EuroDreams game – and will receive a fixed amount of cash every month for five years.
The lucky lady won the second prize, after matching six numbers, during the very first draw on Monday, November 6.
For the next five years, she will receive € 2,000 monthly into her bank account from January 1.
After claiming her EuroDreams prize worth a total of €120,000, the winner from Dublin said: “It was the first draw of the new EuroDreams game so I didn’t really know what to expect.
“Our whole family was talking about the match before the draw, so there was a sense of excitement in the house and a few of us bought a ticket out of curiosity.
“I bought my ticket online and the day after the draw someone from the family called me and excitedly said I should check my lottery account as the big winner of the night had been an online player from Dublin.
“Of course it could have been anyone in Dublin so I didn’t expect to be the winner, but when I opened the lottery app the message was there: it was me!”
The lucky winner admitted that the lump sum deposited into her account every month is very “exciting”.
She said: “I’ve had a few weeks to let the win sink in, so I’m happy to finally claim the prize.
“It’s such a new way to win and it’s really exciting to know that €2,000 will be deposited into my bank account on the first of every month.
“It’s not life-changing, but it will allow me to make some nice little changes in my life over the next five years.
“I don’t have any big plans at the moment, but I can promise that I will definitely take more sun holidays and small extra breaks once the payments come in in January.”
EuroDreams is the first annuity game of its kind ever to debut in Ireland and comes almost twenty years after EuroMillions first launched in Ireland in 2004.
Unlike other lottery-based games, the annuity top prize, worth €7.2 million, is paid out in monthly tax-free payments of €20,000 spread over 30 years.
The game is played in eight countries, namely Ireland, Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, with the draws taking place every Monday and Thursday at 8pm.
The minimum play for EuroDreams is one line per draw, which costs €2.50, where players choose six main numbers from 1-40 and one bonus number (the so-called “Dream” number) from 1-5 to create their combination.
A National Lottery spokesperson said: “We always love seeing big winners, but it was fantastic to get a big win in Ireland on the EuroDreams launch night.
“The EuroDreams game is very unique compared to our other games. Unlike Lotto and EuroMillions, where we give our big winners a check, the prize payment process is entirely new and requires a unique procedure that involves setting up an annuity product on behalf of the player to organize the monthly payments.
“Of course our lucky Dublin winner left our famous winners room very happy, but in a way it was strange to see such a big winner leave without a physical check in hand.”
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