Couple brings lottery ticket on vacation not realizing it's a winner
A Dublin, Ireland, couple went on vacation with a wining lottery ticket and were oblivious to the fact that they'd won 250,000 (US$323,000).
The lucky winners checked the ticket yesterday after they came back from a trip in the sun.
They discovered they'd won the top prize in the Lotto Plus 2 draw on Saturday, August 16, and collected their quarter of a million euro check at Ireland's National Lottery offices today.
That ticket survived Barcelona, the pick-pocketing capital of the worl ...
Sep 11, 2014, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Irish Lottery winner giving away $44 million fortune
A Northern Ireland woman who won 34 million (US$45.4 million) in the EuroMillions lottery is giving away a whopping 33 million (US$44.1 million).
The big-hearted Strabane woman Margaret Loughrey plans to keep just 1.25 million (US$1.7 million) of her massive fortune. Since the windfall she's been handing out money to help people in need and has already parted with 17 million (US$22.7 million).
Margaret, who was unemployed when she won the massive jackpot, says she wants to use another 16 m ...
Aug 12, 2014, 3:59 pm - Lottery News forum
EuroMillions jackpot makes poor woman one of Ireland's richest
From struggling on 70 a week in jobseeker's allowance, Margaret Loughrey is now officially one of Ireland's richest women.
But she says she will stay in her hometown despite scooping a whopping 26.9 million (US$44 million) from the EuroMillions jackpot.
Margaret, or Mags as she is known to her friends, from Strabane, Co Tyrone, struck gold after hitting five numbers and two lucky stars in the November 26th Euro Millions drawing.
The unemployed and single 48-year-old broke her silence ye ...
Dec 9, 2013, 10:01 am - Lottery News forum
Ireland National Lottery to be sold for €405M
An Post and the operators of the UK National Lottery are in line for a 405m (US$551.6 million) buyout of the Ireland National Lottery after Public Expenditure Minister said the consortium was the preferred applicant.
Brendan Howlin said the bid by Premier Lotteries Ireland, a consortium consisting of An Post and its pension funds and the Camelot group who operate the UK lottery, had met the Essential Requirements and has submitted the highest License Fee proposal .
Discussion on finalizing ...
Oct 3, 2013, 4:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Single mom finds €258,528 lottery ticket in her garbage can
A single mother from Galway, Ireland, nearly lost out on a 258,528 (US$351,482) lottery win all because she tossed her winning ticket into a garbage can.
But Lady Luck smiled on her when she eventually discovered the all-important ticket buried in the household garbage.
The Galway woman began a frantic search for the discarded EuroMillions ticket and eventually found it at the bottom of the garbage can.
She toasted her double whammy of good luck on Tuesday at the National Lottery HQ in ...
Oct 3, 2013, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Winning €6m Ireland Lotto ticket sold in Lahinch, Co Clare
The popular Irish seaside town of Lahinch, Co Clare is buzzing with excitement after someone bought the winning lottery ticket from Saturday's draw worth more than 6 million at a local supermarket.
Kennedy's Centra on Back Lane in the town sold the winning 4 Quick Pick ticket worth 6,158,375 (US$8.2 million) on Friday.
The winning numbers were: 4, 11, 16, 33, 43, and 45, with bonus number 10.
News of the massive win spread quickly through the town which is a popular destination for tour ...
Aug 19, 2013, 6:18 am - Lottery News forum
Ireland Lottery doesn't have enough cash to pay €94m mystery winner
The mystery winner of the 94m Euromillions jackpot is not expected to claim their prize until next week because the Ireland National Lottery does not have enough money in the bank to pay them.
As of close of business Thursday, the lucky holder of the winning ticket in Tuesday's Euromillions draw had not turned up at the National Lottery headquarters in Dublin.
That's unsurprising given that lottery officials said they won't have the money in the bank until next week, when all participating ...
Jun 30, 2013, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum
Two tickets share massive €188 million EuroMillions jackpot
Two very lucky EuroMillions players in Ireland and Belgium have won almost 94 million each in the latest jackpot draw Tuesday evening.
There were two winning tickets sharing the top prize of over 187,937,614 (US$245.5 million).
The winning tickets were sold in Ireland and in Belgium. When contacted this evening, a spokeswoman for the Ireland National Lottery was not yet aware of the location where the winning ticket was purchased.
The jackpot of over 180m will be shared equally. We don ...
Jun 26, 2013, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Almost €15 million in Ireland Lottery prize money goes unclaimed
At a time when so many are strapped for cash, the prospect of a lottery win has never been more alluring. Yet according to figures obtained from the Ireland National Lottery, 14.7 million (US$18.9 million) in lottery prize money was left uncollected last year alone.
Whether they ended up down the back of the couch or in the wash, winning tickets worth 90 million have gone unclaimed in the last five years.
Among the forfeited windfalls last year were a 350,000 Plus 1 prize, from a ticket so ...
May 15, 2013, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum
Irish $16M lottery winner still claiming over $6,000 a year in benefits
An Irishman is still claiming disability benefits in the UK after winning over $16 million in the lottery.
Michael O'Shea, who grew up in Co. Kerry and resides in Nottingham, made headlines in October 2005 when he and his wife Jean won 10.2 million on the Euro Millions lotto jackpot.
Since becoming a millionaire overnight, the father of three has been paid almost $50,000 ( 31,500) in disability benefits, the Daily Mail reports.
However the 72-year-old retired builder is doing nothing il ...
Feb 8, 2012, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum