‘I’ll break the news with a bottle of bubbly’ – Kildare man picks up winning Lotto cheque for half a million euro – but yet to tell his wife

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‘I’ll break the news with a bottle of bubbly’ – Kildare man picks up winning Lotto cheque for half a million euro – but yet to tell his wife


Stock photo (not the actual winner)
Stock photo (not the actual winner)

A LUCKY man from Co Kildare was so shocked by his €500,000 Lotto win that he waited to collect the cheque before telling his wife.

The winner, who has chosen to remain anonymous, scooped half a million euro on an All Cash Extravaganza Scratch Card purchased at a Spar shop in Prosperous, Co Kildare.

As he collected his winnings at National Lottery HQ today, the Kildare man said that he decided “not to tell a soul” before he picked up the money, as he couldn’t believe his eyes.

“I bought the scratch card over the weekend and thought there had to be a mistake, I couldn’t have been lucky enough to win a half million euros. I decided not to tell a soul until I came into the Lottery offices to make my claim, just in case there was a mistake,” he said.

“I now have the cheque and a bottle of bubbly so I’m going to go home and gently break the news to my wife. I don’t think she’s going to believe me.”

He said that he hopes to pay off his mortgage with the winnings but  “won’t lose the run” of himself.

“It’s still a little early to say what I will to do with the money. I’m going to enjoy the next few days telling my family and closest friends – I just hope they believe me. I know when myself and my wife sit down to make plans we’ll have a shopping list as long as our arms.

“We will look at different options including paying off the mortgage, doing house renovations and maybe treating ourselves to a new car. We’re a sensible family so I can promise that we won’t lose the run of ourselves.”

Meanwhile, National Lottery also handed out a whopping €100,000 to another weekend winner, who has also yet to tell his wife the good news.

The man, who moved to Ireland from eastern Europe in December, won big on a Money Multiplier Scratch Card purchased in Tom Stanley Newsagents in Blanchardstown shopping centre.

He explained that his wife has yet to join him in Ireland.

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“I wanted to be sure this was a winner so I will call her as soon as I leave here. This is fantastic and a great start to my new life in this country,” he said.

Players will have a chance to win almost €6.5 million in this week’s Lotto on Wednesday.

Online Editors


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