A retired couple who collected their €2,905,586 cheque after winning a share in the Lotto jackpot are planning to treat themselves to a spending splurge in Marks & Spencer.
"I’m planning the mother and father of a spending spree in Marks & Spencer," the delighted wife said, a self confessed M&S "addict".
The married pair realised they had the winning numbers in Wednesday night's draw from a €4 Quickpick ticket purchased in The Kiosk outlet in Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre.
"I think we've won the Lotto," the south Dublin husband heard his wife shout up the stairs to him.
"I went downstairs, thought she was messin’ and we both looked at the numbers on Aertel. Couldn’t believe our eyes. When our son, who lives with us, came home from work, we got him to check again. But there they were. Still can’t believe it," he said.
"And I had the best night’s sleep ever on Wednesday night, whereas the missus didn’t sleep a wink!".
The couple, who wish to keep their details prviate, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary days before the win, Sunday June 7.
They have seven children (three boys and four girls) and ten grand-children, all of whom live nearby in Dun Laoghaire.
The lucky husband said they are planning a big celebratory dinner this weekend and are just beginning to "live the dream".
"I’m busily planning a cruise, and a trip to Rome. And definitely a trip to San Giovanni in Southern Italy, to visit the final resting place of Saint Padre Pio," he said.
"Oh, and did I mention we’re changing the car as well!"
The other half of the jackpot, which was won by an online player, has not yet been collected.
The couple’s winning numbers were: 11,16,21,27,29,35 Bonus number 43.