Limerick mum of ten wins €800,000 in Euro Millions draw

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

A MOTHER of ten has scooped over €800,000 in the EuroMillions Lottery draw.

A MOTHER of ten has scooped over €800,000 in the EuroMillions Lottery draw.

The lucky winner, who lives just off Mulgrave Street in the city, collected her prize for €875,321 from Lotto HQ in Dublin this week, but does not wish to be named.

The woman, who also has family living in Corbally, bought the winning ticket in Tierneys, Roxboro Stores, last Friday, ahead of the draw that night.

The winning line on the €9 ticket was a Quickpick which saw the woman match five numbers and one ‘lucky star’ in the draw.

It is the second time that a large prize winning ticket has been sold in the Roxboro Road store, with Tierneys selling a €4 million winning lotto ticket in 2010.

The winner, from the Garryowen area of the city, travelled with family to collect her winnings on Sunday night, arriving at the Lotto office this Monday.

A statement from Lotto said the ‘happy winners’ did not wish their win to be a public one, but included a statement from them which read: “We’re both very happy with this win. We’ve had a few small wins in EuroMillions over the years but nothing like this.

“I’ve told our family and they are thrilled for us as well. What we plan to do is invest some of the win for our family’s futures and make some donations privately to a couple of charities which we have in mind”.

Ann Roche, owner of Roxboro Stores, said she ceived a phone call on Friday night to say her shop had sold the €875,321 ticket.

Ms Roche said she personally met the winner on Saturday.

“She came up on Saturday because it got out very early in the morning because she went into another shop to check the ticket,” explained Ms Roche, whose parents opened the store in 1945.

“It was the second prize but it was great, it is a substantial amount, a lovely amount. She is a lovely person, I am delighted for her,” added Ms Roche.

The shop has previously sold winning tickets in Telly Bingo, Winning Streak and Fame and Fortune, as well as the €4 million lotto win in May 2010 and this latest result and Ms Roche said the lucky wins have been “great for business”.

“There is great excitement up here. We are a lucky store in terms of lotto winners - and we had a €10,000 in Telly Bingo that was never claimed and we have had €5,000 and €2,000 winners in scratch cards and a few on Winning Streak shows as well. It is great, we could all do with some good news.”

The latest winners live close to where Euro Millions winner Dolores McNamara lived when she scooped over €115 million on a €2 quick-pick ticket in the draw in 2005, the largest individual prizewinner in European lottery history at that time.