It was a St Patrick’s Day like no other – but in a good way – for a Dublin mother who 'accidentally' won more than €400,000 in the Paddy's Day EuroMillions draw.
The unidentified woman was just one number shy of winning the EuroMillions jackpot worth more than €63.6m after picking five winning numbers and a lucky star for the St Patrick’s Day draw.
But that didn’t stop the champagne corks from popping today when she picked up a cheque for €404,532 at Lotto headquarters in Dublin this morning.
The lucky mother revealed her life-changing win was a fluke after she accidentally bought extra lines for the Lotto and EuroMillions. The massive jackpot was won by a punter in the UK.
But she said the windfall was still a shock – especially since it was an accident.
She said: “First of all, I never usually buy my Lottery tickets in Liffey Valley Tesco, I just bought them there as I was doing the weekly big shop. On a Monday I usually buy two lines of Lotto (for the Wednesday draw) and one line of EuroMillions (for the Tuesday Draw) but I accidentally bought two lines for both Lotto and EuroMillions this time.”
“I realised my mistake straight away but I just put the tickets in my bag. The next day I checked my EuroMillions numbers on the National Lottery app and a message told me to contact the National Lottery,” she said.
“Shocked, I got my daughter and asked her to check the numbers online, which she did, and we could see we matched five numbers and one lucky star number and wasn’t it on the second line of the EuroMillions ticket – the line I got by mistake!”.
The mother said the family is still coming to terms with how they plan to spend their winnings.
Meanwhile, another family in Co Donegal is having muted celebrations in light of the Covid-19 outbreak after they also scooped the €1m jackpot in the March 11 draw.
The family, who chose to remain anonymous, picked up their winnings at the Lotto headquarters on Wednesday.
The delighted mother said: “It really is a strange feeling. We’ve just become millionaires overnight and every fibre of your body wants to jump around and celebrate with your entire family but with the current virus outbreak, we have been incredibly sensible and kept our distance from everybody and just celebrated by text and WhatsApp,” she said.
“You always have this idea of how you will celebrate when you win the Lotto but I think there is a huge responsibility on everybody in the country to keep your distance no matter what the circumstance, even if you win the Lotto!”
The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at Kavanagh’s Supervalu in Dungloe, Co Donegal.