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Tesco vows to give away the €500k lotto prize that it won 'by mistake'

TESCO Ireland is to give away a €500,000 EuroMillions prize it won by accident on April Fool's Day.

The retail giant is understood to have scooped the bonanza inadvertently last week. A customer had asked for a €4 quick-pick ticket but was issued with a €9 ticket by mistake.



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The customer was then issued a new docket, while the €9 ticket was locked inside the cashier's till.

However, the following morning the National Lottery contacted the store in Navan, Co Meath, to tell them they had sold a winning ticket.

Tesco said in a statement that it was "delighted" its store in Navan sold the winning ticket for last Friday's EuroMillions Two draw.

It added that the outlet is checking the details at the moment.

"If we are lucky enough to hold the winning ticket we will be giving the money away," Tesco said.

Last Friday's winning EuroMillions Two numbers were 1, 8, 36, 38 and 46.

The National Lottery said the winning ticket was bought in Tesco in Navan and no one has yet claimed the winnings.

Tesco has had EuroMillions success before.

In November 2009, Les Scadding bought his £45.5m winning ticket on a shopping trip to a Tesco store in Wales.

Limerick woman Dolores McNamara scooped the biggest prize in the competition's history after she won €115m in 2005.

Changes were announced to the EuroMillions lottery last month, making even larger jackpots and creating more chances to win.

The changes include a second draw day on Tuesdays, as well as expanding the number of Lucky Stars, which should result in more rollovers and bigger jackpots.

The overall odds of winning a prize on the game will go from 1 in 24 to 1 in 13.



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The total number of prizes every week in Europe expected to more than double from €1.9m a week to €4.6m.

Tickets for the new-look game are due to go on sale on Saturday May 7, with the first Tuesday draw taking place on May 10.

comurphy@herald.ie


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