Limerick Woman Wins €115 million

Dolores McNamara holds her bumper check aloft.

By Irish America Staff
October / November 2005

DOLORES McNamara, 45, from Limerick became the first Irish person to win the EuroMillions lottery. After avoiding publicity for two days she claimed prize money worth €115 million and picked up the check at the National Lottery headquarters in Dublin. Her solicitor David Sweeney told reporters his client would keep her feet “firmly on the ground.”

Coincidentally, a Hungarian man living in Ireland also won big on the same draw. The man — a chef now resident in Dublin — collected €667,248, an amount he calculated to be worth “about 100 years’ wages” in Hungary ♦

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