More than one in ten euromillions winners would keep their haul a secret from family

44% of winners would go on a world trip - 2% would write a book

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly


More than one in ten euromillions winners would keep their haul a secret from family

More than one in ten – or 13% - of Irish EuroMillions players would keep winning a cool €1 million a secret - even from their closest family and friends, a new survey reveals.

And the Irish Cancer Society and Pieta House are the charities that most Irish people would donate to if they won big on the National Lottery draw-based EuroMillions game, according to the poll.

The survey was released ahead of Friday’s (1st June) EuroMillions Ireland Only Raffle, which guarantees that one Irish player will win €1 million, as well as the estimated €75 million EuroMillions jackpot which is up for grabs.

When asked which charity or good cause they would donate money to if they won the €1 million in Friday’s Ireland Only Raffle, 16% of players said the Irish Cancer Society; 15% said they would donate to the suicide awareness organisation, Pieta House; 6% said they would donate to homeless advocacy group, Focus Ireland, while 4% would donate to Breast Cancer Ireland. 

Meanwhile,the poll found that 13% of people would keep winning a million euro a complete secret. 34% would tell their partner or spouse and nobody else; 22% would just tell their best pals while 20% of respondents would only tell their parents. However, 6% of people surveyed said that they would tell everyone they knew! 

The survey also found that if they won the €1 million on Friday:

- 31% would purchase a house as a priority
- 44% would have a round-the-world trip at the top of the list
- 11% would do a skydive
- 19% would buy a brand new car
- 12% would organise a big party for family and friends to celebrate their new found wealth.
- 8% would emigrate
- 4% would invest in furthering their own education
- 4% would invest in starting their own business
- 2% would write a book

More than a third, 35%, of those surveyed revealed they pick their EuroMillions numbers at random. 33% said they opt for a Quick Pick, while 32% said that they use key family birthdates or other significant dates in their lives for their numbers. 

Speaking ahead of Friday’s Ireland Only Raffle, Dermot Griffin, CEO of the National Lottery said: “This survey is an interesting insight into the hopes and dreams of our players. The Irish are widely recognised as a charitable people and that was clear to see in the results, where there were so many good causes and charities mentioned, with the Irish Cancer Society and Pieta House at the top of their minds. What makes Friday’s EuroMillions draw so exciting is that, as well as the massive €75 million jackpot up for grabs, one person is guaranteed to win €1 million with the Ireland Only Raffle.” 

You can be in with a chance to win both the estimated €75 million jackpot and the €1 million Ireland Only Raffle prize by playing EuroMillions in-store, online or using the National Lottery App. Play before 7:30pm on Friday (1st June) for your chance to tackle that bucket list! 

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on Winning Streak scratch cards and all National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, community, arts, heritage and the Irish language. In total more than €5 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 30 years ago. In 2017 alone, the National Lottery raised over €226 million for such good causes.