Tuesday 17 September 2019

US tourist wins €250K on scratch card after his flight home grounded during Storm Ophelia

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Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

A US tourist won an incredible €250,000 on a scratch card after his flight home was grounded due to Storm Ophelia.

Incredibly the retired public affairs professional (60s) also won €200 the previous day, while another US citizen scooped €100,000.

The first winner explained that after he fell in love with Ireland in 2000 and he has visited here eleven times since.

As historic Storm Ophelia battered Ireland this week, the winner, who wants to remain anonymous, saw his flight back to the US cancelled.

In lucky a twist of fate he decided to buy scratch cards in Daybreak on Lahinch's Main Street in Co Clare.

As he collected his new fortune at the National Lottery's Dublin headquarters yesterday, he said: "I couldn’t believe my luck winning €200 and I thought, I’m not going to bring this home with me so I brought my friend Jimmy and his family out to dinner as it was supposed to be my last day in Ireland before I went home.

"Just before dinner I went into the same Daybreak and got another scratch card, scratched it and just couldn’t believe my eyes.

"I kept checking and checking it and after dinner I asked Jimmy to take a look and sure enough when I called the National Lottery they confirmed that I had won €250,000. I still cannot believe it!"

His friend Jimmy Clancy said he is over the moon, saying: "I am delighted for him. No better guy to deserve this windfall.

"He is someone who just loves this country – the music, the people, and the culture. I look forward to getting the call from him to say he is coming over for a stay."

The winner joked that he won't have any reason not to come back soon as he is a quarter of a million euro richer.

He said: "It’s not as if I cannot afford it!"

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A South Carolina (70s) woman is €100,000 better off after she struck it lucky on a scratch card.

The punter - who has dual Irish-US citizenship bought her €100,000 Diamonds scratch card in the Post Office at the Rise in Mount Merrion, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

The woman, who is originally from Dublin, said: “There really is no place like home and now we are retired it is fantastic that we can come back every year for a few weeks.

"We are over for five weeks this time – this time for a family wedding so it is great that we can celebrate this with the family before we return to South Carolina."

Tonight's Lotto jackpot is worth am estimated €6.5 million, play in-store, online or through the National Lotter App by 7.45pm

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