Three separate National Lottery players from Dublin, Waterford and Cork are celebrating today after they claimed a combined total of €225,000 on three different scratch card games. The lucky players have become the latest big National Lottery winners to have their prizes paid by post.
The biggest winner to officially claim their prize today was a lucky Cork player who won the €100,000 top prize on a Money Multiplier scratch card. The winner who wishes to remain anonymous purchased their winning ticket at the Tesco store at Dennehy’s Cross in Cork City. The lucky winner described “a massive sense of disbelief" after scratching the €100,000 prize on their scratch card and it wasn’t until a shop assistant checked their ticket that they knew they were on to a winner! They said: “It’s absolutely unbelievable. I have won smaller amounts on the odd scratch card before but never anything like this. When I saw the €100,000, I asked the person behind the counter in Tesco to check the ticket in the scanner. The message popped up immediately to contact the National Lottery so I knew I was on to a winner.”
The lucky Cork player plans to spend their new fortune sensibly: “I won’t be spending my winnings on a flash car or anything like that – I want to look after my family and put some money aside for the future.”
Meanwhile today (Tuesday), another scratch card player from Co. Waterford is thanking their lucky stars after they claimed a €75,000 top prize which they won on a €5 All Cash Platinum scratch card. The Waterford player has credited an unfamiliar change in their daily routine which led to them purchasing their winning ticket at the Applegreen store in Lemybrien, a small village in the foothills of the Comeragh mountains in Co. Waterford.
“I usually go to the shop to get the paper early in the morning but the day that I bought the ticket, I was busy in the house so I had to go in the afternoon. There must have been someone looking over me that day to make me go when I did – otherwise I may never have gotten that particular ticket,” they said.
The lucky winner did not believe that they had won immediately: “I scratched the ticket when I left the shop but I didn’t think I had won so I left the scratch card in the car. It wasn’t until I got back into the car the next day that I checked the ticket again and realised how much I had won. I was in total shock! I still can’t believe that I had thought there was nothing on it!” they added.
Also claiming a prize today was a lucky player from Dublin who expressed their shocked at seeing a €50,000 prize when they scratched their €5 Bingo Multiplier scratch card which they purchased at the Tesco store on the Navan Road in Cabra, Dublin 7.
They said: “It took some convincing for me to realise that I had won €50,000. I was counting zeros and checking the scratch card over and over again to make sure that I had it right. I have never won anything like that before! I immediately called the National Lottery and the rest is history. I’ve got a big family so it really will come in handy. I’m looking forward to treating them post-lockdown.”
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 €5.8 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 33 years ago. In 2020 alone, €254 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.