There were no Monday blues in National Lottery HQ today as a lucky Waterford woman picked up a tidy €46,005 Telly Bingo win.
There was certainly something lucky about Mary Doyle, from Dungarvan in Co. Waterford, who was beaming from ear to ear as she collected her cheque won on the Snowball game on Telly Bingo from Friday 13th July.
Speaking in the National Lottery Winner’s Room, alongside her husband Dominic, Mary said: “How I ended up with the ticket is a stroke of luck in itself. I wouldn’t have been in the shop had a neighbour not asked me to get him a few messages. While I was in the queue I realised it was Friday and it was five to eleven which meant I had only a few minutes to get my ticket before the 11 am cut-off. So if I hadn’t been in the shop I wouldn’t be sitting here”.
Mary revealed that as she was due in work so she missed watching Telly Bingo that afternoon so she set her alarm to watch the repeat of Telly Bingo at ten to three in the morning!
Mary’s husband, Dominic Doyle said: “She woke me up with the alarm initially and I wasn’t too happy with that. I drifted back off to sleep then all of a sudden I was woken again with Mary screaming her head off. I couldn’t believe it but nobody deserves this more than her!”
Mary said: “People were asking me why I got up to watch the repeat. Sure there is no fun in just checking the numbers in the shop - there’s the extra excitement in watching the numbers come out and crossing them off. That night I actually thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I thought it was all a dream!”
The couple, who have two children, will take their time to decide what to spend their prize on. This isn’t their only luck as they recently won a holiday to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands with a national newspaper. And the couple hope their hot streak will continue as they are off to the Galway Races this Friday.
For the entire summer of 2018, the National Lottery will top up all winners of the Snowball prize on Telly Bingo by €1,000. Telly Bingo gives players the chance to play Bingo in their own homes every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at a cost of €2.50.
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, community, arts, heritage and the Irish language. In total more than €5 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 30 years ago.