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A woman from Dungiven in Northern Ireland has celebrated her New Year thanks to a pre-Christmas EuroMillions win worth £285,288.60.

Roisin McNicholl, a 44-year-old mother of two, told Lottery officials that she bought her EuroMillions ticket for the December 19th drawing, which also happened to be her mother’s birthday. She said, “It was actually my mum’s 73rd birthday on 19 December so my daughter Ciara and I went to Coleraine to buy her a new phone for her birthday.” Recently another Irish EuroMillions player took home €28.9 million on a ticket bought in Mayo.

The EuroMillions winner continued to say that when they were out, the pair noticed that the EuroMillions jackpot was really high that evening, and so both Roisin and her daughter decided to buy tickets – Ciara buying a couple of tickets and Roisin taking her chances with a lucky dip, on top of her usual numbers which she’d already played earlier that day. A Lotto Max winner from Toronto only bought his $31 million winning ticket because he’d seen the jackpot was high.

It was the lucky dip which turned out to be the winning ticket, and Roisin told EuroMillions officials of the moment that she realised she’d won. “We were on our way to deliver our birthday present to Mum and Ciara was driving so I checked the EuroMillions numbers on my National Lottery phone app,” the big winner explained, adding that she couldn’t believe her eyes when she realised that she’d matched the five main numbers plus one of the lucky stars.

Together with her husband Martin, Roisin plans to use her EuroMillions winnings to celebrate her twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, which will take place in July this year. A couple from Minnesota won $1.6 million on the Gopher 5 Lottery on their wedding anniversary, while a Maryland Powerball winner said that she planned to use her $1 million Powerball win to do something special with her husband for their anniversary.

They also hope to plan a trip to New York to visit some family, just like a couple from Scotland who planned a trip to the Big Apple after a EuroMillions win. The couple, who have two children in their twenties, said that they will also pay off their mortgage and carry out some work around the house.

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