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Saturday 16 December 2017

Shocked gran goes into hiding after €5m Lotto jackpot win

Elaine Keogh

A GRANDMOTHER got the best present she could have wished for when she won more than €5m in the weekend Lotto jackpot.

Yesterday Lily Gallagher from Drogheda had gone into hiding after realising she could not keep her amazing stroke of luck a secret.

Her daughter Melissa said: "She is just in deep shock."

Lily's only son Anthony had to emigrate to Australia for work earlier this year but now she will be able to go and visit him after her big win.

"When he left we were heart-broken -- we cried for three days," said Melissa.

"I always prayed at night that some day she would get to be the queen she deserves and she will now."

It also emerged that Lily is the second Lotto winner on her street in the Moneymore estate.

In 2004, a jackpot of €1.35m was won by former neighbours Lisa Sullivan and David Kevitt. They have remained in touch with their Moneymore friends.

"We are gonna call it Moremoney not Moneymore," Melissa and her cousin Alison joked yesterday.

Lily was with her sister when the Lotto draw was taking place but because she always did the same numbers -- family birthday and anniversary dates -- her family realised she could have a few of the winning numbers.

When Lily went home and checked her ticket she then rang Melissa, who lives down the road from her, to come up and check the numbers as well. Afterwards they had a family celebration.

Lily went to her regular Sunday morning Mass yesterday but when another Mass-goer mentioned her big Lotto win she realised that her anonymity was blown and she left her house to stay with her daughter.

The winning ticket was sold at Drogheda newsagent Madame le Worthy on Shop Street last Thursday and is worth €5.1m.

Irish Independent

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