Tipperary Woman to Make Travel Plans After Learning She Won €500,000 EuroMillions Prize While Chatting With Work Colleagues

A Tipperary woman who found out her EuroMillions ticket had won her €500,000 has her work colleagues to thank as they prompted her to check her ticket after they heard on the news that the ticket had been sold locally.

She won the EuroMillions Plus top prize of €500,000, by matching all five numbers, from the draw last Tuesday 25th February. The winner bought her lucky ticket at Ely’s Centra Store in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The Tipp woman said that she would not have claimed her prize so quickly if it hadn’t have been for a chat with work colleagues who informed her that the winning ticket was sold locally.

She said: “The day after the draw (Wednesday) I was in work and I was making a cuppa and just started chatting to a couple of colleagues who walked in. One of the lads started talking about the win. This was news to me and he told us that he had heard on the local radio news bulletin that the EuroMillions Plus prize was won in Thurles. I said, ‘Sure I have a ticket for that’, and pulled it from my bag. We were beside my computer so we went to the results section of the National Lottery website and pulled up the numbers and low and behold the second line on my ticket had all five numbers. The lads started jumping around in excitement before we pulled it together so we wouldn’t arouse suspicion from anyone else in the office.”

“I normally check my tickets once a month, so it’s down to my colleagues I found out so quickly.” Speaking on her plans for her new-found windfall, the woman said that a spot of travelling is on the cards for later in the year.

“I am not the most well-travelled person in the world, certainly not as much as I would like. With this lucky win I’ll be able to kick start seeing some new far-flung places. I’m going to do nothing for the moment, as I don’t think this has even sunk in yet. The last few days have been a blur, so once I’ve come to terms with the win, I’ll put more of a plan together”, she continued.

This was just one of three lucky winners of the EuroMillion Plus top prize of €500,000 in the last seven days alone. There have been six winners so far in 2020, with a record 32 people winning the prize last year. You can get in on this winning feeling by playing EuroMillions and EuroMillions Plus in-store, online or by using the National Lottery app. Tomorrow night’s EuroMillions jackpot is €17 million.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage and the Irish Language. In total more than €5.6 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 32 years ago. In 2019 alone, €250 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.

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