'That’ll buy us a few pints' - Joy for drinking buddies who scooped €380k in Euromillions
Two lifelong friends have revealed their joy after they scooped a massive prize in the Euromillions draw over the Christmas holidays.
The lucky winners, who wish to keep their win private, won the EuroMillions Match 5 + Lucky Star prize of €379,410 on Friday December 30. They purchased their winning Quick Pick selection ticket at Tesco Metro in Terenure, Dublin 6 on the day of the draw.
The pair collected their winnings at Lottery HQ in Dublin today and one of the winning men outlined how their long-lasting friendship and traditions finally brought their dreams to reality.
"Everybody wants to win the Lottery. You rarely ever believe that it could happen to you," he said.
He explained that for many years they have met religiously in the pub every weekend to watch the football matches on TV.
"We would always club a few bob together to do the EuroMillions draw for the following Friday night. With the busy Christmas period, I forgot to check all of our tickets so I went into a shop to have them scanned before last weekend.
"Our first ticket won €30 and I thought, fantastic! That’ll buy us a few pints. When scanned, the second ticket told me to contact National Lottery offices so I thought we might have won a little bit more. I just couldn’t believe it when I was told on the phone that we’d nearly won €400,000."
He added: "I waited as usual to meet him in the pub at the weekend. When we sat down with two pints, I told him that we had won a few quid on the National Lottery over the past few weeks. I showed him the winning €30 ticket and he was delighted but I stopped him in his tracks to say that there was more good news.
"I then slipped him a folded up piece of paper with ‘€379,410’ written on it. It was a lovely moment. We just sat there, grinning like Cheshire cats as we both came to terms with our massive win."