SANTA came early for one lucky Laois family when they collected €350,000 from the National Lottery offices in Dublin on Christmas Eve.
The family, who wish to keep their identity private, will be buying new carpet for their stairs, amongst other modest plans.
They purchased their lucky ticket in the Eason store in the Dundrum Shopping Centre on Sunday 12 December 2010, and won their great prize in the draw on Wednesday 15 December 2010.
Their ticket was a €4 Quickpick selection.
The happy family were "thrilled and amazed" with their prize.
"This win couldn't come at a better time. Now we can get carpet for the stairs, pay off the bills and landscape the garden they way we want to do it," said the wife.