Belfast Telegraph

Irish couple celebrate NINTH big Lotto win

By Denise Calnan

Imagine winning the Lotto once, now imagine winning big cash NINE times.

Champagne corks were popping yesterday after one lucky married couple from Dublin collected a winning cheque of €113,661 (£87,375) after they matched five numbers and the bonus in Saturday's Lotto draw.

Amazingly it was the ninth time the couple have matched five or more numbers in the Lotto.

"We are getting closer and closer to the jackpot. Since the start of the lotto, we have matched five numbers nine times and we’re not giving up on the jackpot just yet," the husband said.

The couple, who asked to remain anonymous, are lifetime Lotto players. They bought their lucky ticket at Eason Newsagents on O’Connell Street in Dublin city centre.

"We were out having a drink on Saturday night and we checked our ticket on the National Lottery App," he continued.

"When we saw the message to contact the National Lottery, we were absolutely delighted.

"This is definitely the biggest prize we have won so far. The Lotto prizes have gotten bigger in general over the years when you consider that the first time we matched five numbers we won a hundred pounds.

"We are certain that we will be back to the National Lottery offices in the next few months to claim an even bigger cheque."

The couple said they will take some "time out" to let the win sink in first before they decide what to do with the money, but they said they have a few local charities they'd like to help. They also want to work with a children's charity in Africa.


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