A couple who bought a lottery ticket in The Square got the shock of their lives when they discovered they’d actually won 100 times more than they thought.
The lucky married couple from Dublin have admitted they spent most of last weekend celebrating what they perceived was a €5,000 win in last Friday’s (28th February) EuroMillions draw only to later discover that they had actually won a massive €500,000 in the EuroMillions Plus draw!
The pair, who wish to remain private, checked their ticket on the National Lottery App on Saturday morning and while they knew they had won a substantial amount of money, they were unsure of exactly how much.
“We scanned the ticket on the phone App and we got this message to tell us to contact the National Lottery to claim our prize,” the winning husband said.
“There was of course great excitement when we saw that message but there was no mention of how much our prize was.
“We started comparing our numbers on our ticket to the actual results and we forgot to check the EuroMillions Plus draw!
“We just assumed that we were one of the raffle winners and I swear, we were absolutely thrilled with the five grand! Little did we know we had won 100 times that amount.”
The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at Dunnes Stores in the Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght.
Late on Sunday evening, the lucky Dubliner was scrolling through his Facebook feed when he came across a story about his local Dunnes Stores selling a EuroMillions Plus top prize ticket worth €500,00. He said.
“My jaw absolutely dropped when I came across the story about Dunnes selling a big EuroMillions winner!
“I knew that we had bought our ticket there and it was just too much of a coincidence for it not to be us.
“After frantically checking our ticket once again, we finally realised we had won the half million-euro prize. We’re still getting over the shock.”
The couple have wasted no time in making plans for their big win but they will take time out to go on a sun holiday before rushing into anything:
“The most important thing to us is to help our family.
“Of course, we’ll be paying off our own mortgage and whatever bills we have ourselves but after all that, we will be putting a plan together to help all our families out in whatever way we can.
“However, we won’t be making any decision before we pack our bags to go on a decent sun holiday,” he laughed.