Dublin woman finds €117k lotto ticket while cleaning car
One lucky Dublin woman is €117k better off today after finding a winning lotto ticket - in between the front seats of her car.
A regular National Lottery punter, the woman had totally forgotten she had even bought the ticket, let alone thought about winning anything, when she stumbled upon it while cleaning out her car.
The champagne was popped at National Lottery HQ yesterday, with the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, saying she rarely ever checks whether she has a winning ticket.
"As a long time Lotto player, I regularly purchase my Quick Pick tickets but I very rarely ever check them until I hear about a local winner," the woman said.
"I have bundles of out-of-date tickets in my house and in my car and sometimes we laugh that I've probably already won the Lotto jackpot ten times but I never found out about it.
"I was clearing some rubbish out my car on Sunday, including some old lottery tickets. This one ticket was just glaring at me in between my two front seats so I put it aside to check later. When I went into the shop to scan my ticket, the shopkeeper and I were absolutely dumbstruck, I don't know which of us got the biggest shock," she added.
Although the lucky winner is hopeful that she won't have to search the depths of her car the next time to check her numbers - having been finally convinced to download the lottery App. She even had a bit of advice for punters - check your tickets.
"I would urge every Lottery player in the country to constantly check their tickets. Just because a big jackpot isn't won in your area, it could still be worth a lot of money," she said.
"I am living proof of that. I have the App now so there's no excuse," she added.
The woman's lotto ticket matched 5 numbers and the bonus ball in the main draw last Saturday.
Tonight's lotto jackpot reaches a whopping €5.5m, with organisers encouraging people to get involved.
Since its first draw in 1987, the National Lottery has raised more than €4.7bn for a whole host of good causes.