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Father kept €500,000 EuroMillions Plus win a secret from his wife
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Earlier this week reported on the search for the winner of a €500,000 EuroMillions Plus prize won in the January 19 draw. Now we can report that the winners are a family from County Cavan in Ireland who have now claimed their winnings.The lucky EuroMillions Plus winners came forward on Thursday and have asked to remain anonymous. Their winning ticket was purchased from Lee Gala’s Store in Ballhaise. The winning father said that he had kept his family in the dark about their EuroMillions Plus win until days after the draw.He told lottery officials that the family had heard of the €500,000 winning EuroMillions Plus ticket being sold at Lee Gala’s store but had no idea at all that they were the winners. “I bought the paper on Saturday afternoon and I nearly fell off my seat as I checked the winning numbers.” It’s the latest big win in the area after Kerry McGowan from Cavan won €112,469 in the December 27 Irish Lotto draw.Despite his excitement at the EuroMillions Plus win, he kept the news to himself until he was absolutely certain about the win. David Kaltschmidt and his wife Maureen Smith, from Florida, USA, won a $528.7m Powerball prize but kept the news of their win from their children.Eventually he did tell his wife the news of their EuroMillions Plus windfall on Monday and she’s been in a state of shock since being told the amazing news. Even though they have just had this fantastic EuroMillions Plus win, the family have vowed to keep their feet firmly on the ground when it comes to spending their winnings.“This is a great prize. It’s not a life altering sum, but the important thing is that it gives us the freedom to live our lives to the full and not have to worry about the money,” said the jubilant father.He added that the family will meet their bank manager next week and will be paying off their mortgage. That’s just what a syndicate of 17 mortgage centre workers from Ireland did after their £1.1m EuroMillions win.Also planned is treating their children to a holiday in the sun. Perhaps they’ll head off to the Caribbean, which was voted top destination for lottery winners in a recent National Lottery survey.To discover how a big win makes you feel, purchase your tickets online at