Lotto millionaires today include Midlands family

These winners from the Midlands had no plans on what exactly they were going to do with their cash and said: “We’re all trying to get our heads around this news. For sure we will do all the sensible things like pay bills and then we’ll see what happens!”

Louise McCarthy

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Louise McCarthy

Lotto winner

It was a Tuesday to remember at National Lottery HQ in Dublin as three major prizes were claimed, including two Lotto jackpots, totalling a massive €11,248,920.

The prizes consisted of a Lotto jackpot worth €6,197,310, won last month and two prizes won on last weekend’s Lotto draws (Saturday 8th June) which were a €4,051,610 Lotto jackpot and a Lotto Plus 1 top prize of €1,000,000.

The day’s first winners were a family syndicate from Co. Meath who spoke of their shock and delight of learning that they had won the Lotto jackpot last month. They picked up a cheque for a cool €6,197,310 today.

The matriarch of the small family syndicate revealed how she broke the news to the rest of the family when she checked her winning ticket when she announced to her husband: “How would you like to be married to a multi-millionaire?”

The lucky family bought their Lotto ticket at Tesco Extra on Donore Road, Drogheda. Co. Louth and won the Lotto jackpot on the draw on Saturday 18th May. The family waited more than three weeks to make their claim to let this amazing news sink in properly.

A member of the Meath family syndicate said: “I heard on the news bulletins that the Lotto had been won and the ticket was sold in the Tesco Extra. I felt a shot of adrenaline and checked the ticket and saw that the numbers matched. I couldn’t believe it. I just said to my husband – ‘How would you like to be married to a multi-millionaire?’”

“He thought I was joking until I showed him the ticket. He downloaded the National Lottery app on his phone and scanned the ticket just to be sure and it said the ticket was a winner. We were speechless. We never uttered a word to each other for the rest of the day. We couldn’t even comprehend what was happening.”

Speaking on what the family did with the golden ticket, a member said: “I put the ticket into a zip lock bag and sellotaped it to the inside of the cupboard and there it stayed for almost three weeks. Once a day I would look at it before I left work that morning to make sure it was real”.

The Meath family are now going to go about their lives as normal as they adjust to life as millionaires but said that they will use the windfall to look after the rest of the family. They said: “We have time booked off later in the summer so we are going to go ahead as normal until then. Maybe when holidays come around we might know what we are going to spend the cash on. Once it is lodged into our bank accounts we know the money isn’t going anywhere so while we will enjoy it we are also going to make sure it makes our family comfortable for the future”.

The second Lotto jackpot claimant of the day was a Galway man who won last weekend’s Lotto jackpot of €4,051,610. The overjoyed man revealed that he learned he had won the Lotto at 1:30am on Sunday morning and didn’t get a wink of sleep that night.

The lucky Galwegian said: “I checked my ticket online pretty late that night and immediately one of the lines on the ticket jumped out at me. I knew I had a few of those numbers and quickly I realised that I had matched all the numbers! I couldn’t believe it. I checked the ticket again and again just to be sure but it was an incredible feeling. I couldn’t sleep a wink after so I went out and took a walk around our town a few times. My mind was in overdrive. I think I walked until it was light out and I waited for the rest of the family to get out of bed so I could tell them the good news.”

This winner bought his Lotto ticket at Joyce’s Supermarket in Doughiska Shopping Centre, Doughiska Road, Galway.

The final winners who visited the National Lottery Winner’s Room today was a family syndicate from the Midlands, who spoke of how they have been living a dream since learning they had scooped the top prize of €1,000,000 on last Saturday’s Lotto Plus 1 draw.

“I cannot believe it. I’m shaking”, a spokesperson for the midlands family said while holding up a visibly trembling arm. “Since I checked the ticket on Saturday night we’ve all been living a dream. It really is a dream come true. We are just ordinary working people – this is the last thing I expected life to throw at us! You buy your Lotto ticket but you never truly believe – ‘I’m going to win a million quid’. It’s crazy”.

The family bought their Lotto ticket at Spar Maxol store and service station on Church Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. This was the sixth Lotto Plus 1 top prize win of €1 million in 2019.

These winners from the Midlands had no plans on what exactly they were going to do with their cash and said: “We’re all trying to get our heads around this news. For sure we will do all the sensible things like pay bills and then we’ll see what happens!”