'The closest we'll get to Sam' Mayo retirement syndicate win €1m Lotto prize

By Fiona Frawley

November 22, 2022 at 3:58pm


The definition of a great day for the parish.

If you're looking for a good news story to ease you through the rest of a dreary Tuesday, look no further.

Yesterday morning, a syndicate made up of 47 members of the Parke Young at Heart retirement group in Parke, Mayo, landed at Lotto HQ to claim their Daily Million top prize of €1 million.

The syndicate was formed in 2015 and their winning normal play ticket was obtained on Thursday, October 3, in Turlough Stores. Speaking to the Sun, group founder Frank Moran (80) revealed the group had been playing the same Euromillions draw in the same shop for the past 7 years.

Speaking to the Independent as the group arrived to claim their prize, Breda O’Boyle (82) said “This is the closest we’ll get to Sam. It’s not a bad replacement.”

Meanwhile, syndicate spokesperson Michael Cosgrave told the Examiner how delighted they were to be sharing the prize as a group.


We’re so happy to be sharing this prize with each other rather than one individual winning it on their own. It means so much more to us as a group to experience this joy together.

Cruises, Iceland trips and the holiday of a lifetime are among the plans for how the group intend to spend their winnings.

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