THERE was a huge pay day for a family from County Limerick who won a huge €156,000 in the EuroMillions - but it could nearly have been so much more.
There were no tricks, only treats for the delighted family who scooped a €156,385 EuroMillions M5 + Lucky Star prize – missing out on the €17 million jackpot by just one Lucky Star from the draw on Friday, October 5.
The family, who bought the Quick Pick ticket at the Maxol Mace service station in Dooradoyle, collected the cheque at National Lottery HQ this Wednesday.
Despite the close shave with the €17m jackpot, the family dismissed regrets of not becoming multi-millionaires, describing the win as the perfect amount of money to set them up for life.
The winning mother said: “It’s mad! People keep commiserating with us having missed out on the €17 million jackpot but this is the perfect amount to make our family comfortable for the foreseeable future.
“€156,000 will allow us to pay off all of our bills and we’ll book a nice family holiday before Christmas to celebrate properly,” she added.
There were also winners from Kildare, Louth and Waterford.
The National Lottery has again reminded all EuroMillions ticket holders to check their tickets following Friday night’s special ‘Ireland Only Raffle’ draw as there are still currently seven winners of the €105,000 prize who have yet to claim their prize.