A lucky Limerick couple who scooped €1 million on last Saturday’s Lotto Plus 1 draw have pledged to use the money to help secure their children’s future.
And the ecstatic parents described the excitement as the numbers were called out one by one during the live broadcast of the draw on RTE One.
The couple – who claimed their winnings in National Lottery HQ today – purchased the winning Quick Pick ticket at the Centra Store on St Mary’s Road, Newcastle West, Co Limerick.
The delighted mother said: “I was in the kitchen on Saturday evening when I heard roaring in the sitting room. My partner was watching the Lotto draw on TV and was absolutely fixated on the screen with his Lotto ticket firmly grasped in his hand. He had seen our numbers coming up but we don’t have pause on our TV so we didn’t celebrate until we double checked the numbers on teletext.”
She added: “At the moment, it’s still hard for us to grasp what €1 million means to our family, it’s an incredible amount of money. We are determined to make the most of it and to give our children the very best life that we can. The first thing we will do is ring-fence a good chunk of the money for their college education. We won’t be frivolous with the money and once we pay off our mortgage and other loan we’ll celebrate the win properly with our family.”
The delighted family are the latest big Lotto winners from Limerick in what has been a lucky couple of months for the Treaty County. Last December a €2.7 million Lotto jackpot was won in Askeaton while there was also a Lotto Plus 2 top prize win of €250,000 in Dooradoyle.
Meanwhile the National Lottery has revealed that over €55.1 million in prizes have been won since the Lotto and Lotto Plus Plus game enhancements were introduced last September. The winners include ten new lucky millionaires which include four Lotto jackpot winners and six winners of the new Lotto Plus 1 top prize of €1 million.
Meanwhile, EuroMillions fever is continuing to grip the country as tonight’s jackpot soars to a massive €150 million. The National Lottery have advised players dreaming of winning big to buy tickets early to avoid missing out on this life-changing prize.
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, community, arts, heritage and the Irish language. In total more than €5.4 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 30 years ago.