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Tuesday 21 November 2017

'The shopping list has been drawn up' - Clare woman didn't know she won €500,000 EuroMillions prize for a month

Sean Nolan

A Clare woman was sitting on a EuroMillions ticket worth €500,000 for a month before she realised it was the worth a fortune.

It was only after word got around that a winning ticket for EuroMillions Plus worth €500,000 had been sold in Clare and she mentioned she had bought a ticket did she start to think maybe the lucky ticket was hers.

Speaking at National Lottery HQ today as she picked up her cheque the woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said: “I was in the car on October 6th when I heard that night’s EuroMillions jackpot was a massive €190 million so I pulled into the nearest shop to buy a ticket.

"I heard the following day that the jackpot was won in Spain, so I didn’t even bother checking the results. I  didn’t know anything about a €500,000 EuroMillions Plus prize.

“Despite the fact there was a lot of talk over the weeks of a big EuroMillions winner in Clare it just never registered that it could be me. A few weeks later we were at home and I casually mentioned that I got a EuroMillions ticket in Ardnacrusha. The house went absolutely wild with the anticipation as we searched for this ticket and we haven’t stopped celebrating since.”

The lucky ticket was sold in Barry’s Mace Store in the small village of Ardnacrusha on October 6.

As for her plans for the money, it seems a car is definitely on the agenda.

“The shopping list has been drawn up so we’ve a small few things to buy before we start acting sensibly with the money," she said.

"I’m driving a banger of a car at the moment so I’ll definitely be trading that up!. We’ll take care of the family of course but not before I take them all away on a sun holiday before Christmas.”

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