Sunday 25 September 2016

Best spring clean ever? Irish man finds winning €500,000 lottery ticket while tidying up

Published 12/05/2016 | 12:50

The lucky punter said he was
The lucky punter said he was "absolutely thrilled".

Expect houses across Ireland to be spick and span this week as a Dublin man collected €500,000 lottery jackpot with a ticket he found while cleaning.

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The wife of the substantially wealthier man is to be thanked for the scoop as it was herself who ordered him to tidy up a mess on their bedroom floor.

Collecting the top prize from the April 15 EuroMillions Plus draw, the lucky punter said he was "absolutely thrilled".

"I was cleaning up a pile of old Lottery tickets and I just started checking them on the National Lottery App on my phone," he said.

"When I saw that I had won the EuroMillions Plus draw, I had to keep scanning my tickets on the phone App with my wife to make sure we had won.

"It’s hard to imagine that I had a €500,000 winning ticket rolled up into a ball on my floor for three weeks!’ he laughed

The man who wishes to remain private purchased the Quick Pick ticket at Jones’ Deli in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on the day of the draw.

The Dublin man added: "We are going to pay off our mortgage first and foremost while the rest of the money will be put towards our children’s education over the next number of years."

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