A farming couple from the Midlands in Ireland were looking for some change in their car and got a big surprise. They found a lottery ticket and it was a €500,000 winning EuroMillions ticket from the April 18 EuroMillions draw.
The couple have asked to remain anonymous, just like the recent man from Sydney who won a $50m Australian Powerball jackpot. They had been driving around in their car for seven weeks before finding out about their big EuroMillions win. It wasn’t until they needed some loose change for a parking meter that the female half of the couple discovered the winning EuroMillions ticket in their door pocket.
She said: “I was desperately looking for coins to fill the meter when I spotted four Lottery tickets stuffed with rubbish in the side pocket of the driver’s door. I thought I better bring them into the shop to get them scanned, just in case.” Robert Unikewicz from Portland in Connecticut, USA, had a $50,000 winning Powerball ticket on his desk for three months.
That’s just what she did and simply couldn’t believe her luck when the EuroMillions ticket was scanned and she was told to ring the National Lottery, indicating a significant win. Their winning EuroMillions ticket had been purchased from the Gandon Service Station in Emo, Portlaoise in County Laois.
The couple are regular players of the EuroMillions and Irish Lotto draws but admit they are notorious when it comes to forgetting about the tickets they buy and not checking their numbers. “We usually let them accumulate before getting them checked together,” she added. Liale Holland from Kerry in Ireland was a lot quicker in claiming his €20,000 win on a €20 All Cash Extravaganza scratch card.
If it hadn’t been for having to search for some loose change, they might even have missed out on the big win. Recently a player in New York, USA, claimed his $24m New York Lotto win just days before it was due to expire. Debra Newman from Minnesota, USA, claimed her $50,000 Powerball prize a day before its expiry date.
The lucky EuroMillions winning couple plan to use their big EuroMillions win to pay off their mortgage. Also planned is putting some money aside for their young children’s education. They will also be able to spend some extra cash on the holiday they booked in March.
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