Thursday, November 6, 2014

County Leitrim Couple Claim €7.1 Million Irish Lotto Jackpot

A couple from County Leitrim visited the National Lottery Ireland's headquarters in Dublin on Wednesday and picked up a check for €7,120,595.

The lucky couple, who have chosen to remain anonymous, won their life changing prize on Saturday, October 25, 2014, when their ticket matched all six winning numbers.

They told lottery staff they'd been playing the same numbers for a few years and said when they heard their numbers read out in October they recognized them straight away. The only problem was they couldn’t remember purchasing a ticket.

"We recognized the numbers as soon as we heard them," the husband said. "But were we sure we’d won? Nope! We weren’t certain we had a ticket for that draw."

Fortunately they had purchased a ticket and quickly located it.

"There was a bit of a scramble but all’s well that ends well and here we are today in National Lottery HQ as millionaires," the husband chuckled.

The winning ticket was purchased from the Tesco supermarket on the old Dublin Road in Carrick-on-Shannon. The store has never sold a jackpot-winning ticket before so store manager, Liam Melody, was thrilled when he heard the news.

"There has been huge excitement all day," Melody said. "It has been the talk of the shop."

Speaking about the identity of the mystery winners, Melody admitted the staff at the store are as much in the dark as the rest of the country.

"There has been lots of craic [fun] and banter. We are hoping it is a local family but we don’t know," he said. "We may never know. We are just very excited to have sold the winning ticket and we wish that person all the best for the future."