Saturday 7 December 2019

Dublin couple say prayer of thanks after scooping €1m National Lottery jackpot

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Sean Nolan

A Dublin couple popped in to a church to say a prayer of thanks on the way to collect a €1m prize at National Lottery HQ today.

The husband and wife, who have chosen to remain anonymous, won the huge sum on the Daily Millions draw on February 21.

Speaking as they picked up their cheque today, the woman said: “We called into the Church on the way in here today to say a prayer of thanks. This win will make a huge difference to us and will make life a lot more comfortable.”

The woman's husband then revealed the couple's plan for the windfall.

“We have not told anybody at all about the win," he said. "We will wait a few weeks before we do. We want to let this sink in and we are determined it will be life as normal. We are both working and that won’t change” the husband added.

The Daily Millions draw takes place twice a day and this is the first jackpot winner of 2018.

Earlier this week a Dublin newsagent has told how he was inundated with mass goers checking their Lotto tickets after one of his customers scooped a whopping €250,000.

That winning Lotto Plus 2 ticket was sold at Centrepoint Newsagents in the Donaghmede Shopping Centre in Dublin 13.

The owner of CentrePoint Newsagents, Joe Sweeney, said he was delighted with the win, particularly as the majority of his customers are from the north Dublin locality.

“This is a brilliant win for the people of Donaghmede,” Mr Sweeney said yesterday.

“It’s been a crazy morning in the shop as news of the massive win filtered through the community. People have been flocking to the store after Mass to check their tickets in the hope that they might have won the big prize.

“All of our customers are from the locality so we wish them every bit of luck with their win.”

Mr Sweeney also revealed that it is the not the first time that the shop has struck lucky when it comes to Lotto wins.

“We have been quite a lucky shop in the past with some big EuroMillions and Christmas Millionaire Raffle prizes but nothing on this scale.

“We’re going to be celebrating for a long time. We encourage anybody in the area to pop into the shop today to check their tickets and to enjoy the celebrations with our staff,” he added.

There was no winner of the €2 million Lotto jackpot but among the 63,000 winners in Saturday’s Lotto draws were two players from Cork and Dublin who matched the Match 5 + Bonus prize of €60,174.

The winning player from Cork purchased their Quick Pick ticket on the day of the draw at the Bookstation in Blackpool Shopping Centre.

The other lucky Dublin player bought their Normal Play ticket at the DNS Convenience Store on the Ballybough Road in Dublin 3 also on the day of the draw.

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