It has been a life-changing week for Dubliner, Tom Smyth who today put the icing on the cake as he collected a €25,000 scratch card prize in National Lottery headquarters in Dublin today.
The 29-year-old Dubliner from Ballymun was in celebratory mood as he and his partner, Lisa discovered that they were expecting a baby just before he started his new job with Murphy’s SuperValu in Ballymun on Monday. To celebrate their memorable week, the pair purchased a €10 All Cash Spectacular and were left flabbergasted as they scratched their way to a €25,000 win.
Speaking in the National Lottery winners’ room today, the delighted Ballymun man said, “With the week we’ve both had, it still doesn’t feel real. We’ve had a life-changing few days so we were feeling incredibly lucky as we bought the scratch card yesterday evening. We saw the €25,000 as we scratched but we assumed we must have made a mistake!”
The couple bought their lucky €10 All Cash Spectacular scratch card at Quinn’s Convenience Store at Poppintree Parade in Ballymun.
“I only started my new job on Monday so I had to make the difficult call to my boss to ask for time off today. As soon as he heard that I had to visit the National Lottery, he was more than happy to give me a few hours off!” he laughed.
The lucky couple plan to spend their winnings on preparing for the arrival of their new child early next year.
Playing National Lottery games funds good causes across Ireland. In 2016 alone, the National Lottery raised over €213 million good causes. This level of funding has made a significant difference to communities, projects and individuals in the areas of Youth, Sports, Recreation, Amenities, Health, Welfare, Arts, Culture, National Heritage and the Irish Language.