28 February 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

295 residents of the small townland of Drumgoon near Cootehill were celebrating last Friday after they were presented with a cheque for €256,142 by National Lottery officials – making them the largest syndicate in Irish history to win a top tier lottery prize. The kind-hearted community group who won the Match 5 + Lucky Star EuroMillions prize on Tuesday 21st January initially came together as a fund-raising initiative for local community facilities.

The 295-person ‘Little Rays’ EuroMillions syndicate is a unique fund-raising project which was launched to provide vital funding for a community childcare facility. As part of the initiative, individuals and households in the community contributed €100 towards the funding drive with a portion of all contributions used to purchase a EuroMillions ticket for the syndicate.

Speaking at a special celebratory event in Drumgoon on Friday, head of the syndicate Aidan McCabe said, “We were fundraising for after school facilities in Gallonray House and we asked people and families in the area to contribute €100 to try and raise about €30,000. We reached our target, thankfully, and in recompense for people at the time, the incentive was…

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