Family claim over €4.5m in Christmas lotto jackpot - from ticket left on car dash
It was a case of Family Fortunes in the National Lottery winners’ room today as a family from Cavan collected over €4.5m in prize money.
After waiting for two weeks to collect their massive €4,577,663 Lotto jackpot prize which was won on Christmas Eve, a family syndicate from Baileborough in Co. Cavan finally arrived at National Lottery offices to collect their cheque.
The family - who wish to keep their win private - purchased their winning Quick Pick ticket at the SuperValu on Main Street Baileborough on Christmas Eve, the day of the draw.
It was not until Christmas morning that the family found out that the Lotto ticket sitting in the dashboard of the family car was worth over €4.5m.
The winning father said, "We were driving home on Christmas morning when my son told me that the local shop had sold a winning Lotto ticket. He was able to tell me that it was a Quick Pick ticket and I suddenly realised that I had a Lotto ticket in the car. I gave it to him and he quickly scanned the ticket on his phone. A message came up to tell us to contact the National Lottery so we still didn’t know if we were the winners."
"We got home just before the Christmas dinner and I got my son to get the winning Lotto numbers on his computer. He called them out to me, one by one and before he even finished, we knew we had hit the jackpot, the place went absolutely mad," he gushed.
He added, "It was a fantastic Christmas. The whole family were at home and we had even more reason to celebrate with our Lotto win."
The massive €4,577,663 Lotto win attracted huge interest in Baileborough in Co. Cavan throughout the Christmas period and the winning father paid tribute to their close friends and neighbours who have helped them come to terms with their big win.
"We live in a very small close knit community and our neighbours and friends have been incredible over the past few weeks with good wishes and messages of support. We are planning a big party for our neighbours in the next few weeks when the excitement dies down."
"We would be a very level headed family so there is no chance we will get carried away too much by the win. I was actually back to work on St. Stephen's Day. There is no chance that any of us will be giving up our jobs anytime soon," he said.