Friday 20 April 2018

Lotto win could be a double celebration

Breda Heffernan

IRELAND's latest multimillionaire Lotto winner may be celebrating on the double after the jackpot ticket was sold in a shop across the road from one of the country's busiest maternity hospitals -- Petal's, a newsagent, deli and florist in Dolphin's Barn in Dublin lies just yards from the Coombe Women's Hospital, and it is a regular stopping-off point for frantic new dads.

It sold the winning ticket for Saturday's Lotto jackpot worth a massive €6,157,073.

Eileen Moriarty, who owns the shop with her husband Dominic, said speculation had reached fever pitch in the area as to who the lucky winner might be.

"People run over from the hospital all the time but we have our regular customers as well," she said.

"We're hoping it's someone local," she said.

"Everybody has been coming in all day but nobody's said they're the winner. The phone hasn't stopped."

The couple have had the shop for the past 20 years, but this is the first time they have sold a jackpot winner.

Meanwhile, another punter is celebrating after his €50 soccer accumulator bet hit the back of the net at whopping odds of 1,960/1, leaving him with a cool €98,000.

The canny soccer fan placed his bet at a Paddy Power betting shop in Dublin city centre on Saturday afternoon and correctly predicted the results of nine soccer matches all played that day across the Premier League, the Championship, League One and even the Portuguese League.

The Derby versus Queens Park Rangers' match proved to be the most nerve-wracking as Queens Park Rangers had to come from behind to score two injury-time goals to draw the match and keep the punter's dream alive.

"This truly is weapons-grade punting . . . a masterclass in soccer betting," the bookmaker said.

"Well done to the punter who is waking up this morning €100,000 richer. What a legend."

Irish Independent

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