A Kildare Defence Forces paramedic, along with a ‘battalion’ of family and friends, marched on National Lottery HQ in Dublin’s Abbey Street today (Wednesday 5 th July 2017) to collect a cheque of €500,000, following his massive win on the Lotto Plus draw on 28th June.
Army paramedic, Jim Carroll (51), and his wife Anne (48) picked up their cheque along with their seven children, aged between 13-30 years and accompanied by their extended family and their closest friends. Jim, who has been playing Lotto since the game began in 1988, first checked his ticket the morning after Wednesday's (28th June) Lotto draw following a late work shift at the Curragh Camp Defence Forces base where he is stationed.
Despite all of his training, he was so shocked with the win that he couldn’t do his shift the following day! He said: “I was in absolute shock. I was in no fit state to go to work the following day so I had to ring my boss to let him know that I wouldn't be able to work as I had won a few quid on the Lotto!”
After that, news spread around the local community in the Curragh and it soon emerged that Jim and Anne were the big winners. He thanked everyone for their support: “The whole community, including my colleagues at the Camp, neighbours and friends have been incredibly supportive over the last week as we come to terms with the big win.”
The winning ticket was sold at McCarthy’s Centra Store in the Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare.
When asked how they will spend their winnings, Jim Carroll said: “We have seven children so we won't be long about spending it on them. My wife and I have promised ourselves new cars and after that, we will be sharing the rest of the winnings with our family.”
This win for Jim and Anne Carroll brings prizes won across all Lotto games to almost €80 million this year. The past 12 months have been lucky for members of the Defence Forces, as in August 2016, a group of 20 soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Battalion in Kilkenny won the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €452,700.
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