Saturday 10 December 2016

Unsuspecting woman finds winning lottery ticket at the bottom of her 'bulging' handbag

Cian Murray

Published 22/08/2016 | 18:28

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The National Lottery

What would you expect to find at the bottom of your handbag?

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A hairbrush, maybe a few stray coins and if you're one lucky lady from Kilkenny, then you'd find a €139,025 winning lottery ticket.

This lucky woman got the surprise of a lifetime when she decided to give her handbag a spring clean.

She had no idea that she had been carrying the winning ticket for almost two weeks.

The lady told her story when she claimed her prize at the National Lottery office in Dublin today.

“My handbag was bulging and I decided to clear the load yesterday. There were a few Lotto tickets in there.  I’d just seen the news that the big jackpot was won in Leitrim but I thought, sure you never know, there might be a few quid on these” said the happy woman, who wishes to remain private.

“I checked the tickets on the scanner in the shop and was surprised when I got a message to contact the National Lottery.  When I found out how much I won, I was absolutely delighted,” she added.

The lucky lady bought her ticket in Dunnes Stores, MacDonagh Station in Kilkenny on August 6.

She won in that evening's Lotto draw by matching five numbers and a bonus number.

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