Lotto woe as punter spurns €500,000 win
Published 06/04/2011 | 05:00
SOMEWHERE, someone is quietly kicking themselves over a missed opportunity to win half a million euro.
For just a moment on April Fool's Day, they unwittingly held a winning EuroMillions ticket worth €500,000 in their hands -- but then they handed it back to the cashier who sold it to them.
The unluckiest Lotto player in the country had asked for a €4 Quick Pick at the Tesco store in Navan and the cashier mistakenly handed them a €9 Quick Pick.
Not willing to pay, the customer handed back the ticket -- which would have won them 100,000 times the extra €5.
Now an unnamed charity is to benefit from the €500,000 bonanza while some poor punter curses their luck.
The bizarre twist of fate was discovered when the National Lottery contacted the Navan store to tell them they had sold a winning ticket. And the valuable ticket was found safely locked in the till.
In a statement Tesco said: "We are delighted that our store in Navan sold the winning ticket for last Friday's EuroMillions Two Draw."
Tesco said it was checking the details at the moment and verifying that the ticket was the winning one. If so, the company plans to give the prize money away.
Last Friday's winning EuroMillions Two numbers were 1, 8, 36, 38, 46.
Store manager Marty Geraghty said yesterday that the company was still working through the details. No decision has yet been taken on what charity will benefit.
Nor has there been any sign of the customer who might have won a small fortune, but for the sake of €5.