A woman from Kilkenny is €139,025 better off are finding a winning Irish Lotto ticket in her handbag. The unsuspecting winner had been carrying the lucky playslip with her for two weeks before she finally discovered that she was in line to receive a sizeable six-figure sum.
Having purchased the ticket for the draw on Saturday 6th August, the woman correctly matched five main numbers and the Bonus Ball, but overlooked the fact that the lucrative lottery ticket was still nestled deep in her bag. Upon collecting her prize, the woman told National Lottery officials how she managed to stumble across the ticket: “My handbag was bulging and I decided to clear the load. 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.”
The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, was understandably shocked by the news of her big win: “I checked the tickets on the scanner in the shop and was surprised when I got a message to contact the National Lottery. When I found out how much I won, I was absolutely delighted,” she said. The winning numbers had been randomly generated on a Quick Pick ticket that had been bought from the MacDonagh Station branch of Dunnes Stores in Co Kilkenny, an event that the woman clearly recalls; “I remember buying my ticket that day – I thought to myself that I was due a bit of luck. Someone must have been listening!” She now plans to spoil those closest to her with her newfound wealth.
If you would like to take home an Irish Lotto prize of your very own, this Saturday’s jackpot is worth an estimated €2.5 million and you certainly need to be in it to win it. Irish Lotto tickets are available to buy online or from any authorised retailer throughout Ireland. Best of luck, and keep those tickets in a safe place!