Saturday 25 November 2017

Lotto millionaire to tell mum good news 'over cup of tea'

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Alan O'Keeffe

Ireland's latest millionaire has vowed to break the news to her mother "over a cup of tea" after claiming her EuroMillions prize of €1,051,958 at Lotto headquarters.

The woman, who lives at home with her mother in south Dublin, revealed she hasn't told anybody about her good fortune yet.

She won the EuroMillions Match 5+ Lucky Star prize from the September 8 draw.

When asked how she planned to spend the money, she said: "The only thing I need is a holiday to get me away from this godforsaken weather. With the rain beating down outside, it's a wonderful day to become a millionaire.

"I haven't told a soul about my win yet. I live at home with my mother and it's been torture keeping the secret from her, but I wanted to be sure I was a winner first.

"I'm going to go sit her down with a cup of tea and tell her my news calmly to make sure she doesn't have a heart attack."

Scratchcard

Another player from Co Sligo collected €200,000, which he won on a National Lottery scratchcard.

The player, who is in his 20s, bought the lucky ticket at SuperValu in Ballymote.

"I'm leaving here now to go to the bank, then heading straight to the travel agents and going on holiday as soon as possible," he said.

Meanwhile, EuroMillions players in Meath and Kildare have been urged to check their tickets after Tuesday's EuroMillions draw produced two winners of the EuroMillions Plus top prize of €500,000. The winning tickets, which were both Quick Pick selection tickets, were sold at the Kilmoon Service Station in Ashbourne, Co Meath, and Dunnes Stores in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

Manager of the Kilmoon Service Station Irma Fimkute said: "Despite the bad weather, this great news is certainly putting a smile on our customers' faces.

"As news spreads throughout the town, we have been inundated with our customers who are checking their tickets in the hope that they are one of the lucky winners."

Friday's EuroMillions jackpot is now estimated at an eyewatering €180m.

Irish Independent

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