Tuesday 12 December 2017

Lotto luck as son's numbers come up

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

A MOTHER of one has revealed her delight after scooping the first Lotto jackpot of the year while playing numbers chosen by her seven-year-old son.

Michelle Ryan (30) was still trying to come to terms with her jackpot win of almost €7.5m last night as she celebrated with her partner Thomas Joyce and family and friends in her local pub in Athlone, Co Westmeath.

Rumours had been rife in Athlone town that Mr Joyce had scooped the jackpot after he was spotted hosting a 'free bar' in Monaghan's bar in Baylough in the town.

But Ms Ryan put rumours to rest last night as she revealed it was her ticket that had proved to be the lucky one.

"I'm astonished -- it still hasn't even hit home," she said. "I checked the numbers, I saw I had four, then five, then saw the six numbers. On the same docket we have also got five numbers on a separate line. On another docket we have got four numbers." The businesswoman said they had splashed out €95.50 on the Lotto draw.

"We have been playing the same numbers for the past couple of months. Our son Dylan had picked the numbers for us a couple of months ago," she said.

As for splashing out on expensive cars or holidays, Ms Ryan was still trying to grasp the scale of the win. "I've no plans at the moment," she said.

Ms Ryan and Mr Joyce run a wholesale business where they import goods from China and sell them to discount stores around the country.

Ms Ryan said they were planning to travel to Dublin this week to collect their winnings.

In the Kilmartin N6 Service Station, where the winning ticket was sold just hours before Saturday night's jackpot draw, there was a bottle of champagne on ice to share with the winner as they awaited official confirmation from the Lotto HQ.

Irish Independent

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