€1m Lotto win was due to Quick Pick ticket won in pre­vi­ous draw

Win­ners stay pri­vate but say: ‘we’re pay­ing off mort­gage’

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS -

SAVE for bounc­ing ar­rivals, New Years rarely come in as joy­ously as 2019 did for the lucky fam­ily that claimed €1mil­lion last week. The wind­fall was scooped in the Daily Mil­lions draw of Fri­day, De­cem­ber 28, with a ticket pur­chased at Ap­ple­green in Manor, Tralee.

Its hold­ers fi­nally claimed the huge sum last week, re­main­ing pri­vate and telling the Na­tional Lottery how it had been the first Daily Mil­lions ticket they ever bought.

Mean­while, Lady Luck made a sec­ond Lottery visit to Kerry – to Lis­towel, where one woman scooped €100,000 – even though the win­ner ini­tially for­got she had bought a Lottery ticket at all. She, too, is re­main­ing pri­vate on her good for­tune.

The Tralee mil­lion­aires said there were a num­ber of ‘in­cred­i­ble’ co­in­ci­dences that led to their win: “It’s just so hard to be­lieve – there are so many in­cred­i­ble co­in­ci­dences which have led us to this €1 mil­lion win,” they said.

“To be hon­est, I had never played the Daily Mil­lion game be­fore, so I didn’t re­ally know too much about it. I was check­ing a Lotto ticket from a pre­vi­ous draw and I had two num­bers and the bonus ball and un­be­liev­ably the prize was a Quick Pick ticket for the Daily Mil­lion draw – lit­tle did I know it would turn out to be one mil­lion,” he said. “We didn’t give the ticket a sec­ond thought un­til we checked the re­sults of the EuroMillions draw. Once we re­alised that we hadn’t won the €120 mil­lion jack­pot, I ca­su­ally swiped the Daily Mil­lion ticket on my phone, and up this mes­sage popped – we’d just re­alised we had won a mil­lion Eu­ros. It was just un­be­liev­able!”

They have no ma­jor plans just yet, but top of their list is clear­ing the mort­gage and all out­stand­ing bills.

And a woman who claimed €100,000 in the Mil­lion­aire Raf­fle – bought in Gar­vey’s Su­pervalu, Lis­towel – also col­lected their win­nings on Fri­day. “I was at home with my par­ents when my mum was putting her Mil­lion­aire Raf­fle ticket in the bin, say­ing that she won noth­ing. It just dawned on me then that I had a ticket too. I rushed up­stairs to where the ticket was sit­ting for the past week and checked it on­line. I couldn’t be­lieve it!” she said.

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