Local lotto winner used family’s birthdays to pick numbers

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A Munster man used the birthdates of various family members to land a life-changing €2,951,364 Lotto win.

The engineer from the Mid-West, who called into Lotto headquarters today with his wife to claim his mega win, revealed he has been playing the same Lotto numbers religiously for the last 15 years.  He purchased his golden ticket at Coughlan’s Gala store on Quinlan Street, in Co. Limerick.

“I use five of my regular numbers based on dates of birth of my family. I was on the way home from work and knew I wouldn’t make it back to my local shop, where I always play Lotto, so I stopped in Coughlan’s. Little did I know it was a stop that would change the lives of me, my wife and our sons.”

The delighted winner says he will not give up work despite his windfall. “I’d never give up work… Sure what would you get up for and where would you go? I’m not the type to lay about the house or to take up golf. And what example would I be setting for my boys if I was to give up work?”

He also insisted that he will continue to play his magic numbers every week for fun and says that if he wins again he’ll “give it away”.

So what does our €2.9 million better of winner plan on spending his money on? “I’m going to clear the mortgage, first and foremost. We bought our house during the boom so this will be one less thing to worry about. After that I’m not sure what we’ll do – maybe a holiday in the winter”.

After presenting Ireland’s eight Lotto jackpot winner of this year with their cheque, National Lottery CEO, Dermot Griffin, said: “I never tire of meeting our Lotto winners and hearing the various stories on how they pick their numbers. I wish this winning family all the best. I think that it is fitting on the year we are celebrating our 30th anniversary that we are having lots of jackpot winners through the doors. Long may it continue! “.