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Monday 27 March 2017

Kathleen picks up €2.6m, then it's home to play bingo

The latest Lotto millionaire, 77-year-old Kathleen McLaughlin, and her family from Moville, Co Donegal, collecting her win of €2,642,046 at the National Lottery Offices on Dublin's Lower Abbey Street yesterday
The latest Lotto millionaire, 77-year-old Kathleen McLaughlin, and her family from Moville, Co Donegal, collecting her win of €2,642,046 at the National Lottery Offices on Dublin's Lower Abbey Street yesterday

Kevin Keane

IRELAND'S latest Lotto millionaire has revealed precise plans for spending her €2.6m jackpot.

Despite winning more cash than most people will earn in a lifetime, pensioner Kathleen McLaughlin has said she has no intention of purchasing new cars, holidays or houses.

Instead, the 77-year-old has told the Irish Independent that the vast sum will go towards a new sofa for her Co Donegal home.

And she intends to split most of the rest of her €2,642,046 sum between her seven adult children and their families.

"I won't get anything special, I tell you. I don't really need anything, when you get to my age, there's not much you need," the retired home care worker said yesterday.

She had travelled from her home in the village of Moville in Co Donegal to National Lottery Headquarters in Dublin to pick up her cheque.

She had brought most of the extended McLaughlin family with her for a modest celebration.

But despite enduring a road trip of more than four hours just to get to Dublin, the McLaughlins didn't stay long, as Kathleen was eager to get back home on time to play bingo in her local parish hall.

That's how she had already spent Sunday evening, after discovering earlier in the day that her family had scooped the jackpot with her €4 Quick-Pick ticket.

"I don't do parties," she remarked before boarding a bus home. "If I can get back in time I'll go to bingo again tonight."

Mrs McLaughlin and her husband Robbie play the lottery every week as part of a family syndicate with their four daughters and three sons.

The jackpot will now trickle down through the extended McLaughlin family of seven adult children, 30 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

"The good thing is that it's not a vast amount of money when it's divided among everybody so it will help us but not destroy us," the couple's youngest son Sean (38) said.

His mother endured the loss of her eldest son Patrick (34) in a road accident more than 20 years ago.

Mr McLaughlin said his mother values her children, most of whom live nearby, more than any amount of money.

"She's of an age now where she thinks it's no good to her. It's a close family anyways."

He added that his mother's lifestyle would be little altered by however much money she kept for herself.

"It means nothing to her, so it won't change her at all.

"She is who she is, whether she has a fiver in her pocket or €100 in her pocket."

"She's from the country and what you see is what she is -- she's very good, there's no badness in her."

Irish Independent

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