Tuesday 25 April 2017

What a start to the weekend: Lucky punter wins €1m and happy couple pick up €250k prize

The total has hit more than 700,000 euro and will allow the family to cover at least a year's potentially life-saving care
The total has hit more than 700,000 euro and will allow the family to cover at least a year's potentially life-saving care
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Ireland's newest millionaire is celebrating picking up a €1m EuroMillions prize this weekend.

The lucky punter purchased a ticket in Co Leitrim and won the Ireland only raffle.

It comes as another lucky couple are celebrating that Friday feeling after picking up a cool €250,000 Lotto win.

A married couple from Dublin picked up their cheque today, kicking off their weekend in style.

The pair purchased a Quick Pick in Tesco in Shankill and the woman who won explained that she checked a number of old tickets at once.

"I am usually very bad at checking my tickets and I would only every check them if I had heard of a big win in the area. By chance, I was in the local shop and I realised that I had a handbag full of lottery tickets which hadn’t been checked," the woman said.

"When the shopkeeper scanned all of the tickets, she handed me a small slip of paper and told me to ring the National Lottery about one of them,’ she said.

"‘I assumed that the ticket was worth a few bob but I was completely dumbfounded when I was told that I had won a quarter of a million euro,’ she added.

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