ONE lucky punter has won tonight’s €6.9 million Irish Lotto jackpot – and another player won the Lotto Plus 2 €250,000 top prize.
Ireland’s newest millionaire has landed a cool €6,933,904 fortune.
A Dublin punter won the Lotto Plus 2 €250,000 top prize, while two other players scooped €33,723 each after matching five numbers and a bonus ball
Lotto chiefs confirmed the top prize was won – and over 114,000 players won prizes.
A National Lottery spokesperson said: “There was one winner of the Lotto jackpot. In total, over 114,000 players won prizes including two winners of the Match 5 + Bonus prize receiving €33,723 each.”
They confirmed the winning Plus ticket was sold in Dublin.
In the main Lotto draw, the numbers pulled were 5, 8, 19, 40, 41, 44 and the bonus was 17.
And in the Lotto Plus 1 draw, where the top prize is €1 million, tonight’s numbers were 16, 19, 20, 29, 39, 43 and the bonus was 38.
In the Lotto Plus 2, where €250,000 is on offer, the numbers drawn were 11, 15, 18, 30, 32, 37 and the bonus was 22.
Tonight’s winning raffle number was 0366 – and 11 players won €500.
Meanwhile, a Kerry family syndicate have claimed a Lotto jackpot prize worth a whopping €9,772,175 after a two month wait – and revealed that the winning ticket lay unchecked in a handbag for almost a week.
The syndicate, who scooped the largest Lotto jackpot ever to be won Kerry on April 18, were patient about the wait to claim their prize due to health restrictions around Covid-19.
A member of the syndicate said that it took a while to sink in that they had actually won.
They said: “Of course we heard of the big Lotto win in Kerry but never entertained the thought that it could be us – sure we never win!
“A few days passed and I was checking my ticket for the following Wednesday’s draw when I spotted the ticket in my handbag.
“It dawned on me that I forgot to check Saturday’s numbers. It was such a surreal moment when you realise you have won.
“Without even thinking about it I just started hopping all over the living room in delight. It’s so funny to think I was walking around with the winning ticket in my bag for almost a week!”
“We kept the ticket safe in a drawer at home but found ourselves checking the numbers frequently.
The family knew there would be a wait involved after speaking to the National Lottery claims team but said the two month wait actually turned out to be a positive thing for them.
The syndicate member said: “Of course winning the Lotto is on your mind constantly but we didn’t mind waiting to claim.
“In fact it turned out to be a good thing as we were able to get our heads around the win and make the necessary preparations to get such a huge amount of money.
“We knew it would come sooner or later so we really didn’t mind the wait”.
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The Kerry family were the first Lotto jackpot winners to avail of a new postal claims process following rigorous verification checks.
They said they have no plans yet on what to do with their windfall and will take their time to plan how they will spend their €9.7 million fortune.
Their winning Quick Pick ticket was bought at Daly’s Supervalu in Killarney, Co. Kerry just days after the store sold a €500,000 EuroMillions Plus top prize to another one of its customers.
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