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The two Dublin winners each collected €3,886,999

The two Dublin winners each collected €3,886,999

The two Dublin winners each collected €3,886,999

Two separate Lotto winners who bought tickets in Dublin have each collected a cheque for €3,886,999 after sharing a €7.7m jackpot.

They both hit the jackpot on Wednesday, January 29, and told of their joy at their massive wins.

A Dublin woman, who wants to remain anonymous, bought her Quick Pick ticket at the Circle K Service Station in Kilmainham.

She found out she had won half of the Lotto jackpot when she checked her numbers while watching the Lotto draw live on TV.

Disbelief

The life-long Lotto player admitted misplacing her winning ticket at home, not once but twice after learning she was the first Lotto millionaire of the decade.

"I'm still in disbelief, and when I discovered I was the winner I said to myself, 'This can't be me'," she said.

"I haven't even thought about how to spend my winnings, but I plan to carry on as normal and keep on working."

The second Lotto jackpot winner who picked up his share of the jackpot was a Dublin man, who also wishes to remain anonymous.

The delighted winner told National Lottery staff he kept his winning ticket safely tucked underneath a statue of Padre Pio as he waited over a week to claim his life-changing prize.

He bought his Quick Pick ticket from Dunnes Stores in the Donaghmede Shopping Centre.

He knew he had won a big prize when he scanned his ticket at a local shop and was told to contact the National Lottery.

When asked what he was going to do after his huge win, he said: "We're going on a family holiday, and then I'm starting up my own business and going back to work.

"If anyone says, 'If you're not in, you can't win', they would be absolutely correct."