A married couple from Co. Cork have described the euphoria which has gripped the coastal town of Crosshaven in Co. Cork in the last few days as they collected a cheque for €5,685,384 which they won in last Saturday’s Lotto draw.
Speaking from the National Lottery winners’ room, the young couple who wish to keep their win private have spoken of their disbelief at hitting the Lotto jackpot and their plans for their winnings.
The Cork mother said: “It has been an incredible week with all of the excitement and if we’re being honest, I still don’t think the magnitude of the €5.6 million win has sunk in yet. We’re going to get the all-important cheque into the bank and we will be taking a few weeks out to decide what the long-term plan is. We have a very young family so we will be very mindful of their futures when any decisions are made.”
The lucky Cork player bought her winning €7.50 Quick Pick ticket at the Centra Store in Crosshaven, Co. Cork but she admitted that things could have been very different were it not for her Mother-in-law’s insistence on receiving a delivery of fresh eggs on the day of the Lotto draw:
“There were so many happy coincidences which has led us to this win, it’s just incredible when you think about it. I don’t usually play Lotto in the Centra Store in Crosshaven and I only called into the store because I was delivering eggs to my Mother-in-law. Ever since Saturday night, she’s been taking all of the credit for the Lotto win – her and her lucky eggs!” she laughed.
She added: “I am a regular Lotto player and I religiously play two lines each and every week for €5. When I got to the till, something told me to buy an extra line and of course that was the lucky line which won us the €5.6 million. Somebody was definitely looking after me that day.”
As the family set in for a relaxing Saturday night, a swipe of the National Lottery mobile phone App ensured that they would have one of the best nights of their lives:
“It all seems like a blur now. We were relaxing at home at around 9.30pm on Saturday night and my husband casually scanned our Lotto ticket on the National Lottery App and that’s when the madness started! We got on our phones straight away and we rounded up all of our friends, neighbours and family and we celebrated into the small hours, it was such a magical night,” she said.
The happy couple also reiterated their hope of returning to normality and they have vowed to return to work after the Lotto celebrations have died down:
“We would like to thank all of our friends and neighbours in Crosshaven in Co. Cork who have been a tremendous support to our family over the past number of days. We’ll allow ourselves a small bit of time to celebrate but we are particularly looking forward to settling back at home and work with the hope of returning to our normal lives as soon as possible,” said the winning mother.
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts and heritage. In total, more than €5 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 30 years ago.