11,033,593 reasons to celebrate for lucky Lotto family
THE lucky family at the centre of an €11m Lotto windfall last night admitted they were still coming to terms with the enormity of their win.
There were no lavish celebrations at the modest home of the McIntyre family, who live in the remote fishing village of Ballyglass, near Belmullet in Co Mayo.
Family members were last night planning to return home to celebrate the win with Martin and Evelyn McIntyre, parents in their 50s, who are understood to be small farmers.
The family admitted their good fortune after one winning ticket was sold for the jackpot of €11,033,593 for Saturday night's draw.
"We are not making any comment," Mr McIntyre said last night at the door of their home. "We haven't taken this in yet."
The lucky family were described yesterday by their parish priest, Fr Kevin Hegarty, as "absolutely modest and unassuming".
At Sunday Mass in Carne Church, Fr Hegarty -- who did not divulge the name of the family -- told Mass-goers he understood someone from the area had won the Lotto.
Fr Hegarty said: "I am sure all of us will rejoice in the great news. I hope it will bring them happiness and joy throughout their lives."
The winning ticket, a €4 Quickpick with Lotto plus, was bought in Brogan's Eurospar, Belmullet, Ballina, on Friday.
The winning numbers were 2 7 19 23 33 43 and the bonus number was 28.
Shop owner Annette Howard said yesterday: "Big news. Mad, isn't it? We have had a few small wins in the Lotto, a few thousand euro, nothing like this."
News of the family's big win generated great excitement throughout the area yesterday. The winning couple have a large family, some of whom live abroad.
It is understood family members out of the country are now preparing to come home for a celebration.
However, last night, the family's celebrations appeared to be modest as there were few cars and visitors at the house.
The first opportunity the family will have to collect their winnings will be today at National Lottery Headquarters in Dublin.