Saturday 1 October 2016

'We were down to our last €30' - family who scooped €460k on EuroMillions

Published 18/01/2016 | 18:41

Top model Thalia Heffernan is living the highlife in the Lord Monck suite of the Merrion Hotel to celebrate Tuesday’s EuroMillions jackpot which is an estimated €90 Million
Top model Thalia Heffernan is living the highlife in the Lord Monck suite of the Merrion Hotel to celebrate Tuesday’s EuroMillions jackpot which is an estimated €90 Million

A family from Co. Cork have revealed that they were down to their last €30 before scooping almost €460k in last Friday's Euromillions draw.

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They won the prize in last Friday’s EuroMillions when they matched five numbers and one Lucky Star and won a prize of €458,316.

However, their celebrations could have been wilder as they were just one Lucky Star away from scooping the €80m jackpot

The lucky winners, who play EuroMillions every week, bought their winning €9 Quick Pick ticket in Al’s Restaurant, Market Green in Midleton, Co. Cork on the day of the draw.

“I was down to my last €30 on Thursday night and was terribly worried about how we were going to get through the next couple of weeks," revealed the husband of the family, who wished to remain anonymous. "This really couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s life changing.”

“I have always been quite lucky and have won a number of small amounts on the EuroMillions in recent weeks," said "I even won about €1,200 on the Lotto 12 years ago and I always said I would win big again.

“It’s still a huge shock to the system - I haven’t slept properly since I found out we’d won on Saturday night. I checked my numbers online and just couldn’t believe my eyes – my numbers were the same as the ones on my screen!

"I rang my mam and asked her and my dad to check the numbers for me again. Of course they thought I was joking at first and then total hysteria broke out,” he laughed.

The family are looking forward to a big celebration, followed by a big family holiday to Spain for plenty of sun, sea and golf.

Speaking about how their win will improve their lives, the wife surmised, “This will allow us to buy the family home we’ve been longing for and be mortgage free. It will set us up for life- our dreams have come true.”

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