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Couple win Irish Lotto prize after devastating football loss

Lottery24 – An Irish Lotto prize after a football lossA couple from Ireland who were devastated after watching their football team lose were delighted to find, when they got home, that they’d won €250,000 on the Irish Lotto.

The lucky couple, who chose to remain anonymous, had been to watch their Gaelic Football team, the Monaghan GAA, play against Dublin last Saturday and had been devastated by the huge loss that they suffered. Fortunately, however, the couple had stopped off at the XL store on Dundalk Road in Carrickmacross on their way to the football championship game and bought a Quick Pick ticket for the Irish Lotto Plus 2. They’re not the first football fans to win big on the lottery; a couple from Grimsby in England invested their EuroMillions winnings in Grimsby FC, their local team.

“We were on the way to see the big match and stopped off in the shop to get a few bits and pieces for the journey,” the husband explained as the couple collected their Irish Lotto prize from Lottery officials. “I occasionally buy a Lotto ticket and though I’d chance my arm as the jackpot was over €6 million.”

The Irish Lotto player continued to say that after the disappointment of the football result that they experienced, the pair completely forgot all about their lottery ticket, which was put on the kitchen windowsill. Lots of lottery players forget about their tickets before realising they’re winners, including a Powerball winner of $1 million from Georgia, and a man from Chicago who won $200,000 on a Lucky Day Lotto ticket that he’d left in his wallet for a month. “I was flicking through my phone when I saw on the news that there had been a Lotto winner in the shop we bought our ticket in,” the big Irish Lotto winner continued.

At that point, the winner didn’t know where they’d put the ticket, so he called his wife to see if she knew, but she wasn’t picking up. “She finally called me back and told me where the ticket was and I couldn’t believe it when I saw we had winning numbers,” the Irish Lotto winner said. A Lotto winner from New Zealand claimed his $333,333 NZ Lotto prize six months after the draw date, because he forgot where his ticket was put for safe keeping.

Once they came around from the shock, the Lotto winning couple plan to spend their winnings on a holiday, just like most of the members of a winning EuroMillions syndicate from Bolton, England, who shared £60,000, but the Irish Lotto couple bemoaned the fact that they won’t need to buy any more Gaelic football tickets this year.

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