The first Saturday of the month saw a player in Laois scoop the top prize of €250,000 in the 5th August Lotto Plus 2 draw. The lucky player purchased their winning ticket at the Centra store on the Dublin Road in Portlaoise.
On the same night, an online player in Limerick matched five numbers and the bonus in the main draw to win €139,269. The online winner admitted that she did not initially realise that she had even won a prize until she got a phone call from the National Lottery.
“I was at home when I saw a call coming through from a number that I didn’t recognise. It was a massive shock when it was the National Lottery Claims Department on the other end of the line telling me that I had won big in the Lotto. I was definitely sceptical at first but I logged into my account while I was on the phone and to say I was jumping for joy when I saw the winning amount staring back at me would be an understatement. Thank god I answered the call!”
“It was certainly an unexpected amount to win so we are hoping to put the funds to good use and take a holiday over the coming months to celebrate.”
Just a few days later, a Leitrim family had a Wednesday they will never forget after they won a truly life-changing Lotto jackpot prize worth €4,257,050.
The jubilant family travelled to Lotto HQ over three weeks after they matched all six numbers in the draw on Wednesday 9th August to become the 9th Lotto jackpot winners of 2023. The winning ticket was purchased at Baxter’s Centra store in the centre of Mohill town in Co. Leitrim.
“We’re just glad to hand over the all-important ticket after minding it and keeping it safe for over three weeks. It’s been incredibly stressful,” laughed the leader of the winning family syndicate.
The syndicate lead discussed how they found that they had hit the jackpot straight after the draw, but they didn’t tell their fellow syndicate members for another two days!
“It really has been an absolutely mad couple of weeks since the draw. I was sat at home on that Wednesday night, and I checked the ticket on my phone straight after the draw. I just couldn’t believe it when that message came up on my phone. I was in a complete state of shock. I didn’t tell any of the rest of the family for another two days and I literally only told them when we started seeing the celebrations in Baxter’s shop in Mohill,” they said.
Plans to spend their winnings have been top of the agenda for the past number of weeks but the Leitrim syndicate said that they would be sensible with their new found fortune:
“Well, we’ve had over three weeks to get our heads around the win and plan for our winnings. We do have some spending plans in place, but we won’t be losing the run of ourselves! There will be mortgages paid off and houses bought for sure. They’re the big-ticket items. I think we are all planning to upgrade our cars and we are also in the process of booking a big family holiday to Australia shortly to visit some of our family there. Honestly, this is a magical experience and it’s even nice to be enjoying the win with all of our family,” they added.
Over 72,000 players nationwide won prizes across the Lotto and Lotto Plus games in the Wednesday night draw including two winners of the Match 5 + Bonus prize, each receiving €18,872. One of the winning Match 5 Plus Bonus tickets was sold at Carr’s Supermarket on Lord Edward Street in Ballina, Co. Mayo, while the second winning ticket was purchased by a player from Dublin online or on the National Lottery app.
A week later, another Dublin Lotto player was celebrating after winning €83,701 in the Wednesday 16th August draw. The winner matched five numbers and the bonus in the main draw after purchasing their ticket at Centra on the Terenure Road in Dublin 6.
On Saturday 19th August, a player in Monaghan became the 27th National Lottery millionaire of 2023 after a special Lotto Plus Raffle. The Lotto Plus Raffle typically sees between 60 and 120 winners of €500 in every draw but that particular draw saw one player enjoy an even higher windfall due to a special Raffle event. Each of the tickets with the winning Lotto Plus Raffle number drawn in the Saturday 19th August draw were entered into a once-off random draw where one ticket was selected to win an additional prize of €1 million. While every ticket holder who had the winning Raffle number won €500, one player won €1 million, in addition to the usual €500 prize. The winning ticket was purchased at Centra on Main Street in Emyvale, Co. Monaghan.
That night, a Dublin player also had a Saturday to remember after matching five numbers and the bonus in the main draw to win €50,055. The winner scooped their weekend prize after purchasing their winning ticket at Adrian Peters Newsagents on The Rise in Mount Merrion, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.