There’s no such thing as good publicity when you win a lottery

Les Reilly kisses his niece, Carly Reilly, outside Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul, Co Dublin, as they celebrate selling the EuroMillions €175m winning ticket. Picture: Niall Carson/PA

It could have been a scene straight out of a film, except that it wasn’t, Terry Prone. Farmer Matt Rogers, from the Naul, in north Co Dublin, courteously responded to questions from journalists at his padlocked front gate.

They wanted to know what it was like to be part of a small family syndicate that won €175m in the Lottery. It was, he told them sadly, like being in jail.

“I was happy at the start,” he told the Sunday World. “But now, with all this... It’s a lot to take in.”

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