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Mum beat cancer to scoop €11m jackpot

A CANCER-surviving mum has become the country's newest multi-millionaire.

Evelyn McIntyre, from the tiny village of Ballyglass, Co Mayo, scooped the massive €11m lotto jackpot after buying a €4 quick pick in a local newsagent.

It's a major change of fortune for the lucky woman, who has previously battled cancer.

Speaking today, parish priest Fr Kevin Hegarty described Evelyn, her farming husband Martin and their four children as one of the "nicest families you will ever meet".

"It is a hugely good news story for our community here. It couldn't happen to a nicer family.

"They are a very well-liked family -- one of the most modest, unassuming and friendly families that you could ever hope to meet.

"Everyone in the village is filled with excitement and happiness for them. They are a very down-to-earth family.


Fr Hegarty added that the couple's four children all studied at the Aughalasheen National School in the town.

He described Martin as a "small farmer" and Evelyn as a "home-maker and devoted mother".

"I hope they can enjoy the happiness that the win will bring them."

The couple's son, Shane, recently completed his Leaving Cert, while daughters Sandra Stephanie and Michelle are understood to have moved out of the family home.

The family, who admitted yesterday that they "haven't taken this in yet" are set to pocket a whopping €11,033,593.

Some relatives are planning to jet home from abroad to join in the celebrations.

The delighted owner of Brogan's Eurospar -- where the lucky ticket was purchased-- said they had been up all night celebrating the win.