Young mum wins €50,000 deposit for a house on gifted scratch card
A young mother had a very merry Christmas when she won enough money on a scratch card to secure a deposit for a house.
Delighted Ciara Douglas's wish came true when she won a life-changing €50,000.
The 26-year-old social worker has been living at home in Lucan, Co Dublin, with seven other family members.
She estimates it would take her around five years to save for a deposit, but now she expects to be in her new place next year.
Ms Douglas won the cash through a National Lottery All Cash Platinum scratch card gifted by her sister, Orla. They picked up the prize yesterday.
She said: "My 20-month-old son Caleb was up early unwrapping his Santa presents under the Christmas tree, and I was there in my pyjamas and decided to open my presents also.
"Orla had given me a scratch card as part of my Christmas present, and I could not believe my eyes when I saw I had won €50,000.
"There were roars and shouts coming from the sitting room, the entire family was up and full of excitement. Just to be sure, I went down to my local Texaco petrol station around 8am to have the card checked. After that, Christmas Day was simply a blur. The excitement was unreal."
An emotional Ms Douglas said she was delighted at the prospect of getting on the property ladder.
The single mum said: "There are eight of us living at home at the moment. I had estimated that it would have taken me five years to save enough for a house deposit, but this amazing win means I will probably have my own house in 2018. I am overwhelmed.
"This really is a dream come true."
A lucky Cavan player also scooped €112,000 on last night's Lotto Match 5 + Bonus draw. The winning quick pick ticket was sold in Costcutters, Railway Road, on the edge of Cavan town.
Thrilled shop owner Padraig Rudden said this was the perfect way to finish the year.
He said: "This is our first big win in the shop. We did a huge renovation on the premises a few months ago, so this is a great way to end 2017 and to start 2018.
"We have a very local trade so hopefully it is someone we know."