Bere Island syndicate collects its Euromillions prize

The group bought their ticket at the only lotto retailer on the island

Bere Island syndicate collects its Euromillions prize

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A syndicate of Lotto players from the tiny Bere Island off the Cork coast has collected its €500,000 Euromillions jackpot.

It has been seven days since the 180 residents of the island were thrust into the international spotlight after a winning Euromillions Plus ticket was sold at the island's post office.

The syndicate made the trip to National Lottery offices in Dublin to collect their prize on Tuesday, as they became the 21st Euromillions Plus top prize winners in Ireland so far this year.

"It's been an absolutely crazy week," said the syndicate leader, who confirmed that they were all from Bere 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.

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.