Monday 16 October 2017

Couple toast to dream wedding after €100k win

Newly engaged Dublin couple Lauren Doyle and Patrick OSullivan celebrate their €100k winning prize
Newly engaged Dublin couple Lauren Doyle and Patrick OSullivan celebrate their €100k winning prize
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

A COUPLE who scooped €100,000 in the Christmas Millionaire Raffle draw are planning their dream wedding with the winnings.

Lauren Doyle and Patrick O'Sullivan, from Dublin, won the €100,000 prize after Lauren's aunt gave the couple the ticket for Christmas.

However, the winner of the €1m top prize in the Lotto draw still hasn't come forward.

Ms Doyle, who got engaged to Mr O'Sullivan a few weeks before Christmas, said: "It's the best Christmas present ever."

They picked up the cheque from National Lottery headquarters yesterday as the search continues for the top prize winner.

The newly minted festive shopper bought their winning ticket at Tesco in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, on Saturday, December 21.

The same shop previously sold a winning ticket in the regular Lottery draw, which provided an incredible €11m jackpot to one local couple.

And it also enjoyed a big win in the Christmas Millionaire Raffle last year.

On that occasion, a woman, who wished to remain anonymous, picked up a cheque for €250,000.

Speculation in the town was rife yesterday regarding the identity of Ireland's latest millionaire.

Word travelled fast, with dozens of people flocking to the supermarket to see if they held the lucky ticket.

The shop floor was flooded with excited people as they mused whether the winner was in their midst.

Kieran Rushe, store manager, said there was plenty of buzz about the win.

"There was a lot of excitement. We had a lot of people in this morning checking their tickets. But no one has come forward, and as far as we know, no one has claimed it."

He believes the winner could be part of a syndicate who have yet to return to work. "There are a lot of people in a lot of companies and factories that would have tickets bought."

Last May, Mullingar millionaires Kevin Geoghegan and Carol Loran were the toast of the town when they won nearly €11m on a €4 quick pick ticket, bought in the same Tesco store.

However, the couple split just weeks after the massive win.

Last night a National Lottery spokeswoman said the winner of the latest €1m prize had yet to make themselves known.

"There has been no word yet, but it is early days," she said, adding that Millionaire Raffle tickets are often bought as gifts.

Irish Independent

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