Kept Irish Lotto Ticket In A Book
The syndicate has been together for six years and take it in turns to buy tickets. The all-important entry for the draw on 25th October was bought at the Eason’s store in Thurles Shopping Centre, on the day before the draw, but the woman who purchased it initially found it difficult to come to terms with the news.
She told Irish National Lottery officials this week that she had received such a fright when she checked her numbers that she hid the winning slip inside a book. She went about her business as usual for five days, before summoning up the courage to go back and open up the book, verifying that she and her friends had a ticket worth millions on their hands.
The friends have decided to remain anonymous, and have even kept the news from those closest to them. “We are all in the same frame of mind and the same age, and we want this lucky windfall to be a legacy for our families to last for future generations,” said the lady who kept the ticket.
"We have yet to tell our families about the win but we will do so in the future when the time is right. We all have children, some of us have grandchildren, who work hard at what they all do so we don’t want this to be a distraction for them. However we will look after them all in time. We are just so grateful to have this bit of luck fall on us.”
The Irish Lotto jackpot has already been won again since the Tipperary syndicate struck lucky in October, with a claim made this week for the €5.8 million jackpot won on 25th November. The top prize is currently worth €2.5 million ahead of Saturday night, and fans of the game can either visit authorised retailers in Ireland or choose numbers online.