Thirty-eight staff at a County Longford pet food manufacturer were celebrating last week after scooping €500,000 in last Tuesday night’s EuroMillions Plus draw.
The syndicate, who are all office staff at C&D Foods in Edgeworthstown, will take home just over €13,000 each when the winnings are divided out.
The group landed the €500,000 EuroMillions Plus jackpot after last Tuesday night’s draw.
A spokeswoman from the National Lottery confirmed the €16 quick pick ticket was sold just hours before the EuroMillions draw at Duffy’s SuperValu in Edgeworthstown.
The winning numbers were 9, 12, 24, 34 and 44.
In a further revelation, it has emerged syndicate member, Lillian Kazlauskyene only started work with the firm on the day the draw was made.
“It’s a good start isn’t it,” she joked as General Manager Peter Gerrard comically quipped over her shoulder: “She got €13,000 for her first day’s work.”
Fellow colleague Helen Whelan said news of the group’s win had yet to sink in.
“I found out last night (Tuesday) around 9pm,” she told the Leader.
“A friend of mine rang me after she checked the numbers. I double checked them and I rang one of the guys in the office and he checked them.
“We knew then we had won.”
Ms Whelan also said it was only the second time the C&D Foods syndicate had bought a EuroMillions ticket.
“We do it when the money gets big,” she laughed, while sipping on a glass of champagne.
“We’re a bit greedy.”
For the others, like Mr Gerrard the occasion was tinged with sadness following the recent passing of long-time staff member, Jack Keenan.
“Jack had 30 years of service with us and he would have been in this,” said Mr Gerrard.
That said, he added the excitement brought about by last week’s win had caused plenty of commotion inside the Edgeworthstown plant.
They were words which were echoed by another staff member as she told the Leader: “There’s no work being done at all. The atmosphere upstairs is electric.”