Monday 25 September 2017

Family overjoyed at €10.65m lotto jackpot: ‘We’ll pay off our mortgages and get a new car or two’

Sheila Carroll, Nicky Souhan, Hellen Morris, Ena Souhan, Jim Toole and Darren Souhan celebrate selling the winning ticket for Saturday night's jackpot of 10.5 million euro at Souhan's service station in Trim, Co Meath. Picture:Arthur Carron
Sheila Carroll, Nicky Souhan, Hellen Morris, Ena Souhan, Jim Toole and Darren Souhan celebrate selling the winning ticket for Saturday night's jackpot of 10.5 million euro at Souhan's service station in Trim, Co Meath. Picture:Arthur Carron
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A Meath family syndicate have claimed the €10.65m jackpot in the National Lottery.

The family scooped €10,650,121 – the biggest Lotto jackpot won so far this year – in the Easter lotto last Saturday.

The lucky winners won the huge jackpot on April 4, after buying a lucky €4 Quick Pick in Trim, Co. Meath.

One of the winners, who wishes to remain anonymous, said today: “I was watching Match of the Day that evening and thought, I better check that ticket, so I looked up the results on Teletext.”

“I just could believe it. I looked up at the numbers and down at the ticket, over and over and over again,” they continued.

“That night it was all rolling around in my head and I couldn’t sleep but since then I’ve been buzzing!”

The two winners celebrated with a glass of champagne and spoke of their plans for the future as multi-millionaires.

“We’ll help out our family, pay off our mortgages, get a new car or two, but most of all, we intend to enjoy it. We’re just so happy. It feels like life has just begun and the possibilities are endless,” they smiled.

The ticket was bought in Souhan’s Filling Station, Haggard Street, Trim, Co. Meath.

This is the second Lotto jackpot to be won this year.  Last month, a syndicate of two from Newbridge, Co. Kildare collected their jackpot prize of €10,230,559, which they won on 5 February 2015.

The pair said they wouldn’t have won the lotto if one hadn’t reminded the other to buy the ticket.

“Don’t forget to buy a Lotto ticket, it’s a rollover! That was the reminder I got last Saturday before I went out to get some shopping.  I might never have bought the ticket if it wasn’t for that!” the winner said.

Three Lotto prizes this year have yet to be claimed.

On Wednesday, the Lotto jackpot was won again. A lucky player who bought their ticket on the National Lottery’s website, lottery.ie won the €2 million Lotto jackpot prize.  That same evening, the top prizes in the Lotto Plus games were also won. A ticketholder who bought their ticket in Carry Out, Lismore Park, Waterford, won the €350,000 Lotto Plus 1 top prize; and a ticket bought in  Ticketron, Jervis Street Shopping Centre in Dublin 1 won the Lotto Plus 2 top prize of €250,000. 

Tomorrow night, the Lotto jackpot is a guaranteed €2 million.

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