Farmers scoop €500,000 on EuroMillions after finding winning ticket amongst rubbish
A farming couple from the Midlands drove for seven weeks oblivious to the fact they had a EuroMillions ticket worth a cool €500,000 strewn with rubbish in their car.
The wife couldn’t believe her good fortune when the forgotten ticket turned up as she scrounged in her car for loose change for a parking metre when she was out shopping yesterday.
“I was desperately looking for coins to fill the metre when I spotted four Lottery tickets stuffed with rubbish in the side pocket of the driver’s door. I thought I better bring them into the shop to get them scanned, just in case.
"I could not believe my luck when I was told to ring the National Lottery office that I had won a significant amount!” she said.
The delighted woman and her husband were still stunned when they called into National Lottery headquarters today to collect their EuroMillions Plus winnings from the EuroMillions Draw on April 18.
They had purchased the Quick Pick ticket from the Gandon Service Station in Emo, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
“We play EuroMillions and Lotto fairly regularly but we are terrible for forgetting about the tickets and not checking the numbers. We usually let them accumulate before getting them checked together.”
“It I wasn’t hunting for loose change in the car we might have forgotten about these tickets and it might have been too late to claim.”