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Friday 23 March 2018

Mystery Lotto winners quietly collect €9m prize

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

IRELAND's latest Lotto multi-millionaires quietly slipped into the National Lottery headquarters yesterday to collect their cheque for nearly €9m.

The couple, who are from Co Roscommon and want to keep their win private, were listening to their local radio on Thursday morning when they learned the winning ticket was sold from a nearby shop.

"We play regularly and I'd often wait a while before checking the ticket but I was listening to Dave and Oonagh on iRadio and heard there was a winner so we checked the ticket immediately," explained the wife.

"Needless to say, we got the shock of our lives when we realised all six numbers matched. It's still sinking in."

"We haven't been able to sleep or eat since," added her husband as they arrived in Dublin yesterday to collect their winnings. They scooped a jackpot of €8,749,912.

The couple said they have no plans for their windfall as yet and will take their time before making any big purchases.

The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at First Chapter newsagents in the Golden Island Shopping Centre in Athlone, Co Westmeath.

Shop owner Colin Mullins said "rubbish rumours" had been circulating around the town as to whom the Lottery winners might be -- however, locals were still none the wiser as to their identity.

He said the shop has a clientele from a wide area, including counties Longford and Roscommon as well as Westmeath, and he was delighted to hear that the winners had come forward to claim their prize.

Irish Independent

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