18 ‘Lucky Ladies’ from Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe in Co. Galway today descended on National Lottery headquarters in Abbey Street in Dublin to collect their EuroMillions Plus prize of €500,000 last week.
The ‘Lucky Ladies Syndicate’ - who all work as hospital administration staff with ages varying from their 20’s to 60’s - purchased the winning Quick Pick ticket at the Oasis Shop in the Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe in Co. Galway.
“Last Tuesday evening, we were all sitting around during our coffee break when the conversation turned to the rolling EuroMillions jackpot. After discussing what we would each do with our imagined riches, we decided to put a euro each into the pot and buy a ticket between us – little did we know we’d be sipping champagne in the National Lottery a few days later,” said the syndicate leader, Amy Moran.
Just hours after setting up the ‘Lucky Ladies Syndicate’, there was drama among the group who speculated that they may have hit it rich following that night’s EuroMillions draw:
Ms Moran said:“Word about the half a million euro win in Ballinasloe came through late on Tuesday night and the texts came absolutely flooding in! I had left the ticket in work so there was no way we could find out if we had won as we didn’t have a clue what numbers we had. It was a long anxious wait until 8am the following morning and as we came into work, word had already spread that the winning ticket was sold in the hospital shop. We knew it had to be us!”
With each of the 18 syndicate members set to pocket almost €28,000 each, discussions have now turned to the spending plans of the group.
She said:“I’m absolutely thrilled for all of the girls. It’s a group with varying ages so everybody has their own plans for the money with new cars and holidays top of the shopping lists. Most of the group have families and children in college so the money will come in very handy over the next couple of months."
It was also a happy Tuesday for a lucky Donegal mum, who scratched her way to success winning €25,000 on a scratch card. The woman won the princely sum on an All Cash Spectacular she bought in Mac’s Mini Market, St Johnstone in Co. Donegal.
The Donegal Mum was looking forward to treating her children to a nice surprise as soon as she got home and pledged to use the rest of this windfall to pay off some bills.
Want to share that winning feeling? Wednesday’s Lotto jackpot is an estimated €6 million. Play in store, on the National Lottery App or online by 7:45pm on Wednesday evening for your chance to win.
Approximately 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts and heritage. In total more than €5 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 30 years ago.
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