Kilkenny Woman Finds €139,025 Irish Lotto Ticket in Handbag

A woman from Kilkenny in Ireland branded herself “absolutely delighted” after she unearthed a two-week-old Irish Lotto ticket from her handbag and realised she had won €139,025. The winner, who wished to remain anonymous, had carried a number of unchecked tickets around for a fortnight before the sheer weight of her bag forced her into her fortuitous declutter.

Kilkenny Woman Finds €139,025 Irish Lotto Ticket in Handbag

The lucky player picked up her cheque from the Irish Lotto draw on Saturday 6th August at Irish National Lottery headquarters in Dublin on Monday and told officials, “my handbag was bulging and I decided to clear the load yesterday. There were a few Lotto tickets in there. I’d just seen the news that the big jackpot was won in Leitrim but I thought, sure you never know, there might be a few quid on these.”

A message on a shop’s scanner urged her to contact the National Lottery, who told her that she was due a six-figure payday. “When I found out how much I won, I was absolutely delighted,” she admitted, adding that she had thought to herself that she might be in line for some good luck when she bought the ticket at the Dunnes Stores at MacDonagh Station in the town. A line on her Quick Pick ticket matched five main numbers and the Bonus Ball in the draw and the winner now intends to spoil her family with the proceeds.

Players in Kilkenny have obviously found the magic touch when it comes to playing lotteries, with another ticket holder from the town hitting the jackpot in the Irish EuroMillions supplementary game EuroMillions Plus on Tuesday night. The winner bought their ticket at Eurospar in the Newpark Shopping Centre and has yet to come forward to collect their cash.

Irish Lotto returns on Saturday night with a €2.5 million jackpot on offer and you can play online or from authorised retailers across Ireland.

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