Friday 19 January 2018

'I'm going to buy a Fresian heifer, preferably in calf' - Galway family collect €500,000 Lotto prize

National Lottery (stock photo)
National Lottery (stock photo)
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

While many travelled out of the capital to get home to vote today, one family from the West trekked to Dublin to collect their sizeable Lotto windfall.

The Galway family, who wish their win to remain private, collected their €500,000 win in National Lottery offices in Abbey Street.

Lottery staff heard that the lucky clan were "thrilled to bits and over the moon" with their scoop from a €5 Quickpick play.

‘We’re definitely not whinging about this prize. Divided between all of us, it’s a very manageable amount of money. We’ll use it to buy new(er) cars and have some really lovely holidays this summer’, said a family member.

The ticket was bought in Newsround, Main Street, Ballyhaunis Co. Mayo for the Lotto Plus 1 draw last Saturday.

Another family member from the light-hearted group said he intended to "buy a Fresian heifer, preferably in calf", while his sister chimed in: "I’m buying Jimmy Choos, a few pairs. And a designer handbag – but not in leather. Don’t want to be upsettin’ the bovine fraternity across the table!", she laughed.

The family always play together "because we get on so well. We normally play our own numbers but when one of us moves out of Galway, we play Quickpick, which is what happened here on a daytrip to Mayo".

"We all voted this morning before we left. But we’re all giving our Number 1 to the Lotto Plus game. Power to the players", laughed the group as they headed for a lovely lunch and the start of a great weekend.

This Saturday’s Lotto jackpot is an estimated €7m.

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