Couple claim €4m Irish Lotto jackpot, wish to remain anonymous
DUBLIN – A couple from the sparsely populated Midlands region of the Republic of Ireland claimed a massive €4.018 million Lotto jackpot last week and vowed to continue playing the lottery.
The couple, described as “mature” in the West Meath Independent, do not want their identity to be revealed so as to maintain privacy.
The delighted scooped the top prize in the February 5th draw, only discovered their good fortune a day after the numbers were drawn. The husband of the couple had been carrying the winning ticket in his back pocket for a whole day without realising it was worth €4 million.
In a statement made at National Lottery headquarters, they said, “We are absolutely delighted with the win after all these years of playing, we do however, intend to continue playing the Lotto every week.” They revealed that they purchased their €6 quick pick ticket in Easons shop in Athlone Town Centre on February 3rd.
The couple, who have grown up children, have been playing Lotto games twice a week since the game began. They have plenty of plans in mind for their new fortune including going on holidays this summer and helping out their children.
Since the National Lottery was launched, over €3.4 billion has been raised for good causes, with a percentage of all ticket revenues going to good causes all over the country.
The winning numbers for the draw made on February 5th were 4, 5, 6, 15, 20 and 25. The bonus number was 19.
Published: February 21, 2011