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 The National Lottery joined the transnational EuroMillions lottery in 2004, with Irish  player first participating in the drawing for Friday, October 8, 2004. Initially slow to  gain momentum in Ireland, the game saw a 40% increase in ticket sales after Dolores  McNamara, a 45-year-old mother of six from Limerick, won a record-breaking jackpot of  115,436,126 on July 31, 2005. This windfall made McNamara the biggest individual winner in  European lottery history, and also made her Ireland's 72nd richest person.

On November 17, 2006, two Irish winners each received a 5% share of an unwon 183 million  jackpot when it was divided under the draw's 12-week rollover rule among all twenty tickets  bearing five numbers and one lucky star. The winners received 9.6 1000000 each, a sum  which also included the standard EuroMillions match-5+1 prize. One winning ticket was  purchased in Limerick and the other in Cork.

 EuroMillions Plus

In June 2007, the National Lottery introduced EuroMillions Plus, an Ireland-exclusively addition  to the main EuroMillions game. For an extra 1 per line, player can enter their five main  EuroMillions numbers in an additional draw for a fixed, non-rolling prize of 500,000.  Players can also winnings fixed prizes of 2,000 for a match-4 and 20 for a match-3. The first  EuroMillions Plus drawing was held on June 15, 2007, and the first person to collect the  top prize from the new game was Mary Teresa Moore, a 70-year-old great-grandmother from  County Limerick.