Cork couple collects National Lottery prize

A very happy engaged couple are looking forward to *‘tying the knot next year’.* As he works in Cork, the lucky fiance purchased his winning Match 5 plus 1 Lucky Star ticket in the Super Valu store, Skehard Road, Blackrock Road, Cork on the day of the draw, last Friday 16 December 2012.

The lucky winner, who wishes his win to remain private, doesn’t normally play Quickpick but decided to do so on Friday last *‘because it was too much bother to go back to the playstand from the cashier’s area in the shop and fill in my regular birthday numbers. Because of that, I’m over €200,000 better off today’*, he smiled over a glass of champagne in National Lottery offices.

The lucky winner told of how he found out he was a winner in the EuroMillions game on Saturday morning:

*‘I’d just played the very worst round of golf that morning and on the way home, I stopped off in my local shop and checked my ticket on the ticket checker. The message was: ‘Winner – Contact National Lottery’, so I went home and checked my numbers online. I just couldn’t’ believe my eyes! I must have checked the numbers, from ticket to screen, at least ten times. I felt complete disbelief, couldn’t sit down with the excitement! My fiancée, as usual, was completely calm, so I called up my brother and we went out celebrating, completely on the town! Let’s just say, Sunday was a big chill-out day in our house!’,* said the happy winner.

Plans for the win? *‘Well we’re getting married next year so we’re really looking forward to that. Then it’s home to sort out the future with a new house. We’re also planning to make a donation to the Jack and Jill Foundation. As a charity, we think the work they do is phenomenal and we’d really like to support it, now that we can’, *he finished.

National Lottery good causes benefit from the sale of all National Lottery games, with one third of all sales (approx) going to fund Beneficiary projects around the country, as designated by Government.

Since the National Lottery was launched, over €4 billion has been raised for good causes. This level of funding has made a significant difference to communities, projects and individuals in the areas of Youth, Sports, Recreation, Amenities, Health, Welfare, Arts, Culture, National Heritage and the Irish Language.

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