Thirty-eight staff at a County Longford pet food manufacturer are celebrating today after scooping €500,000 in last 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 they collect their winnings from Lottery Headquarters tomorrow (Thursday).
The €16 quick pick ticket was sold just hours before the EuroMillions draw at Duffy’s SuperValu in Edgeworthstown.
In a further revelation, it has emerged syndicate member, Lillian Kazlauskyene only started work with the firm yesterday.
“I found out last night around 9pm,” said fellow colleague, Helen Whelan.
“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.”
The winning numbers were 9, 12, 24, 34 and 44.
General Manager, Peter Gerrard said the occasion was tinged with sadness however following the passing of long time staff member, Jack Keenan last week.
“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 night’s win had caused plenty of commotion inside the Edgeworthstown plant.
They were words which were echoed by another staff member as she tol the Leader: There’s no work being done at all. The atmosphere upstairs is electric.”