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Friday 15 December 2017

'Occasional' player claims €16.4m Lotto jackpot

Ailish O'Hora

Ailish O'Hora

The lucky winner of the €16.4m weekend Lotto ticket has admitted he is only an occasional player, and he is planning to share the spoils with his family.

The ticket for the fourth biggest win in Lotto history was bought last Friday in Donnybrook Fair, one of the country's poshest supermarkets in Dublin's upmarket D4 area.

And although the winner wishes to remain anonymous, he said yesterday: "I'm delighted. I don't play Lotto every week; however, I'm more likely to play when the jackpot is a big amount, such as last weekend."

The winning numbers were 15, 16, 22, 25, 31, 32 and the bonus was 37 -- and the winner's €30 ticket had both quick-pick selections and numbers he had chosen himself.

Because of the bank holiday, though, the man had to wait until after Monday before presenting himself at Lotto headquarters in Dublin's Abbey Street.

So far, the largest jackpot win was the €18,963,441 scooped by the 16-member Dan Morrissey syndicate from Carlow in June 2008.

Meanwhile, the €16.4m ticket-holder was not the only winner to collect some cash this week.

A Corkman was celebrating his €250,000 win from a Lotto Plus 2 top prize in another draw.

The regular player, who also wished to keep his identity anonymous, said: "This is fantastic news. It would take a long time to earn that sum tax-free."

He added that he would take some time before making any decision on how to spend his windfall. He bought his lucky €10 quick-pick ticket at the Shamrock filling station, Whites Cross, Cork, on the day of the draw.

And a Roscommon man, who also didn't want to be named, left the National Lottery offices €250,000 richer yesterday when he scooped the Lotto Plus 2 top prize last Saturday evening.

"I feel like I've won twice," he said, as he celebrated with a glass of champagne.

"I checked the numbers on Aertel on Saturday night and saw there were two winners so I thought I'd won a half share -- €125,000. I couldn't believe it when I discovered I'd won a quarter of a million euro. It's fantastic."

He bought the €4 ticket in Maureen's Foodstore, Ballyforan, Ballinsloe, Co Roscommon.

Irish Independent

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