Lucky Laois family pick up €400,000 in Lotto win
It was a family reunion like no other on Friday November 1 as a large family from Laois held an impromptu family gathering in National Lottery HQ to collect a cheque for over €400,000 after they won the Match 5 + Lucky Star prize in last Friday’s (25th October) EuroMillions draw.
The family who wish to keep their win private were agonisingly just one lucky star (numbered between 1&12) away from scooping the €61 million jackpot on offer. They purchased their winning ticket at Dunnes Stores in the Kyle Shopping Centre in Portlaoise on the day of the draw.
The winning father told how he purchased his family’s lucky ticket while his wife was doing the weekly shopping in Dunnes Stores and he explained the excitement that engulfed his family’s weekend last week.
“We’ve been playing the EuroMillions together for years so it’s a ritual at this stage. I scanned the ticket on my phone the morning after the draw and my mouth nearly dropped when I realised that we had won over €400,000. Once I had checked and double checked the ticket to make sure I wasn’t making a mistake, I had to call all of the family one by one and tell them this marvellous news. It took a bit of organising to get us all here in the winner’s room but it was certainly worth it – it’s a reunion we will never forget,” he said.
Meanwhile, the National Lottery has confirmed that the latest Lotto jackpot winner of €5.2 million from Wednesday 23rd October has made contact and arrangements are now being made for the prize to be claimed. The winning ticketholder purchased their ticket at the SuperValu store in the Kilbarry shopping centre in Waterford City.
This latest Lotto win is the 8th jackpot win this year with over €50 million claimed in jackpot prizes alone.
A National Lottery spokesperson said: "We can confirm that we have been contacted by the lucky ticketholder and arrangements are currently being made for the claim to be made. So far this year, we have already seen 16 brand new millionaires made by the Lotto game so we are looking forward to meeting this lucky ticketholder in the National Lottery winners room when they are ready to collect their prize.”
Below: SuperValu staff in Waterford City celebrate after it was confirmed that they sold the winning €5.2 million Lotto ticket. Pic: Mac Innes Photography.