A birthday to remember for Laois woman who won €50,000 top prize on scratch card

The countdown is on for the first EVER EuroDreams draw taking place tonight!

A Laois woman was celebrating in Lotto HQ today after collecting her €50,000 top prize which she won on a €5 Bingo Multiplier scratch card. The winning scratch card was purchased at SuperValu in the Arlington Centre in Portarlington.  

The winner admitted that she was convinced she would never win a big top prize so it took a while to believe what she was seeing.  

“A few years ago, I won €5,000 on a Millionaire Raffle ticket and to be honest I was convinced I would never win anything again. Even just before scratching my Bingo Multiplier, I made a big deal of saying that I never win a thing on scratch cards so I’m never getting them again. I have never been so happy to be proven wrong any way, that’s for sure!”

The Laois woman said it took a double check on the scratch card to realise just how much her Bingo Multiplier was worth. 

“When I scratched the ticket first, I didn’t even realise there was a prize on it - let alone the actual top prize! I handed the card to a family member who took a closer look and they were in shock when they realized what I had won. It’s been a bit of a mad week since then to be honest. The win happened the day before my birthday so it’s like an extended celebration at this stage. It’s great to finally be here in the Winners’ Room after feeling certain that I’d never win big and of course to get my cheque.”

Meanwhile, with just hours to go until the first EuroDreams draw takes place, the National Lottery are reminding players that tickets can be purchased at usual National Lottery agents nationwide, online at www.lottery.ie and through the National Lottery app ahead of the 7:30pm cut-off time for sales this evening.  

EuroDreams is the first annuity game of its’ kind ever to be seen in Ireland and could see an Irish player enjoying a life-changing start to their week. A player who matches 6 numbers and the ‘Dream number’ will scoop the annuity top prize which is worth an astonishing €7.2 Million and will be paid in monthly tax-free payments of €20,000 per month spread over 30 years. At the next prize tier, a player who matches 6 numbers will win €2,000 per month for 5 years which amounts to a total of €120,000. 

Draws will be held every Monday and Thursday with players picking six main numbers from 1-40 and one bonus number (called "Dream" number) from 1-5 to make up their combination. 

A National Lottery spokesperson said: “Could a EuroDreams player in Ireland be celebrating tonight after the first draw? Excitement is growing all over the country as we get closer to 8pm as we have never had a game like this in Ireland ever before. Imagine starting your week off by winning €20,000 per month for 30 years! And of course, not forgetting the next prize tier which could see a player win €2,000 per month for 5 years if they match 6 numbers.” 

“With just hours to go, we are reminding players that the cut-off time for sales is 7.30pm this evening and tickets can be purchased nationwide at usual National Lottery agents, online at www.lottery.ie or through the National Lottery app.”

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all 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 €6 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 36 years ago. In 2022 alone, €259 Million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.                

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