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A lottery player from Wicklow in Ireland has spoken of her shock at finding a EuroMillions ticket worth €500,000 at the bottom of her handbag when she was least expecting it.

If you’ve never thought to double check the rubbish from the bottom of your bag that you throw away, then you might change your mind now after a Wicklow woman found a EuroMillions ticket at the bottom of her bag that turned out to be worth €500,000. She’s not the first player to find a winning ticket in her handbag, such as a Scottish scratch card winner, and another Irish Lotto winner whose ticket was in her bag for two weeks. The lottery player, who remained anonymous after she claimed her prize, told lottery officials that she bought her ticket from a petrol station for the EuroMillions drawing on September 20th.

Some of the stranger places to find lottery tickets include a pantry, and like a lot of lottery players, the winner took a few weeks until she got around to checking the numbers, and she kept several in her bag for a while. “I had them in my handbag for a few weeks,” she said, telling National Lottery officials that her husband had given her a selection of ticket to check at the shop. “To think, I’d a ticket worth half a million euro in my handbag! I didn’t get around to checking them until yesterday and got a message on the scanner to contact the National Lottery.”

Together with her husband at National Lottery headquarters, the winner claimed her prize thanks to the ticket bought for the Irish EuroMillions Plus game. Her husband told lottery officials, “When she told me we’d won something on that ticket, I knew when I saw the numbers it was the EuroMillions Plus.” He said that he was able to stay quite calm as he called the number on the back of the ticket to validate the claim, but when the half a million-euro prize was confirmed, he lost his cool, just like a bus driver from Worcester when he won £250,000 on the National Lottery. “I’ve been shaking ever since,” the Wicklow winner grinned.

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