Monday 26 February 2018

Euromillions Day: Couple almost missed €100k win after leaving shop without doing Lotto

Dublin Bus Euromillions winners arrive at the National Lottery office following their win in July. Photo: Mark Condren
Dublin Bus Euromillions winners arrive at the National Lottery office following their win in July. Photo: Mark Condren
The Dublin Bus Euromillions winners arrive. Photo: Mark Condren

A Lucky Limerick couple almost missed winning more than €100,000 after walking out of the shop without doing the Lotto.

The husband and wife duo, who wish to remain anonymous, collected their cheque for a whopping €113,661. They say they are delighted with their win, but admit it could have ended up very differently.

“We actually went to the shop to specifically play the Lotto on the Saturday evening. I came out of the shop, only to realise that I had forgotten to do it,” the husband said.

“I went back in and played a Quick Pick and from that moment, we knew that there would be something special about that ticket.”

The pair say they will be sensible with their newfound fortune, but might indulge in a few treats.

“We have some bills that we would like to pay off and after that I think we might have a holiday and maybe we will upgrade our car.”

The winning ticket was sold at Newcastle West Service Station in Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick on the day of the draw.

This win comes a week after a group of Dublin Bus drivers scooped almost €24 million in the Euromillions.

The 21 bus drivers and one bus inspector arrived collected their cheque from Lottery headquarters on Dublin's Abbey street last week.

The bus drivers, who routinely ask passengers for €2 or €3, were able to demand a fare of €23.8m from the Lotto chiefs.

Among them was Craig Shearer (51), a father of three living in Finglas, who successfully beat cancer earlier this year.

"This is like a second win for me. I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia two years ago. And I want to thank Dr Michael Fay in the Mater Hospital in the haematology ward and his team, without whom I would not be here today doing this.

"It puts things into context and puts things into perspective... I feel good. I'm out of the danger zone."

He said it was like "winning twice" as he relaxed after the handover of the huge cheque.

Previously the group had never taken any money from their 'pot' over all the years they had being doing the lottery.

They would usually donate the pot each Christmas to colleagues who were sick or who suffered a bereavement.

They all plan to continue working and keep paying in to the syndicate.

Wednesday’s jackpot is an estimated €4.5 million

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