A lucky Lotto player who works for a North Dublin pharmacy dropped by National Lottery HQ today to collect a cheque for €25,622 to kick off the week this morning. It was a Monday to remember for Lucia Donnelly who, along with her husband Herby, collected their cheque after matching five numbers and the bonus ball on Saturday’s Lotto draw (24th August).
The couple, who live in Lusk in North County Dublin, were overjoyed with their windfall and admitted that both were struggling to sleep on Saturday night after learning of the win.
Lucia attributes the Lotto win to her late mother, who passed away in January this year after a battle with Alzheimer’s, as one of the numbers she uses (29) was her mum’s birthday.
Lucia Donnelly said: “We are absolutely thrilled. All of the numbers we play are family birthdays and house numbers so they have certainly come up trumps for us today! It has been a difficult couple of months since mam passed away so perhaps this is a little gift from her”.
Lucia stated that she was heading straight into work, in Stack’s Pharmacy in Lusk, Dublin, after she left Lotto HQ but the couple will continue their celebrations when she finishes this evening.
Herby Donnelly stated that the first thing on the couple’s shopping list is a nice holiday. He also wants to finally fulfil a lifelong dream and go to Old Trafford and see Manchester United play Liverpool this October. Speaking on learning of the school caretaker said: “I go out on a Saturday evening, so I had only walked out the door when Lucia called me. I ran straight back to the house and checked the numbers myself. Lucia had the Lotto draw paused but we checked online and on the app just to be sure our eyes weren’t deceiving us. It was an unbelievable feeling!
Their lucky ticket was one of two tickets that fell one number shy of the €2 million jackpot with both ticketholders sharing the €51,244 prize. The couple bought their ticket in Centra Lusk, Dun Emer, Lusk, Co. Dublin.
Also claiming a massive prize today was a family from Cork City who won the €75,000 top prize on the All Cash Platinum scratch card. The winning ticket was purchased in the Bon Secours Hospital on College Road, Co. Cork.
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage and the Irish Language. In total, more than €5.4 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 32 years ago. In 2018 alone, more than €227 million was raised; the equivalent of €620,000 a day in support for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.
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