Irish Daily Mirror - - SQUARE EYES - BY NIALL MOONAN

A MOTHER who found a bunch of old Lotto tick­ets ly­ing around her house ended up scoop­ing €193,300.

And when she put some of her win­nings on a horse race the fol­low­ing day her mount romped home.

The ec­static Water­ford punter got the early Christ­mas present af­ter tak­ing the slips to her lo­cal Tesco in Kil­barry.

And she said her fam­ily didn’t be­lieve her when she broke the amaz­ing news.

As she picked up her cheque at Na­tional Lot­tery HQ in Dublin yes­ter­day, she said: “I had a bun­dle and de­cided to get it checked when do­ing my shop.

“The girl be­hind pulled me aside and she whis­pered that I won big. It was an­other job en­tirely con­vinc­ing my fam­ily we had won.

“They were sure I was hav­ing a se­nior cit­i­zen mo­ment so they all had to check for them­selves. The day af­ter we put a few bob on a horse and my­self and my hus­band were with our next-door neigh­bour watch­ing the race.

“Lo and be­hold it came in first and my hus­band with his big mouth blurted out we had an­other rea­son to cel­e­brate. Our neigh­bour joked we must have won the Lotto and we fell about the place laugh­ing – there was no point in deny­ing it then.” Asked about the fam­ily’s plans, she said: “It’s a lovely amount to win and even bet­ter to share with the fam­ily.

“It will give my­self and my hus­band a lot of com­fort.

“Our chil­dren are only start­ing out and I’m sure the money will be well used for house de­posits and cars.”

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