EVEN the trip of President Obama to Offaly could not stop Tullamore’s new Lotto millionaire from collecting his winnings last Monday.
While it was windy and raining outside, storms couldn’t dampen the spirits of the lucky Millionaire Raffle winner who collected his €1,000,000 top prize from the Millionaire Raffle game in National Lottery offices in Dublin’s city centre. The lucky Millionaire Raffle ticket was number 034 361 and was purchased in Leavy’s Centra, O’Carroll Street, Tullamore on February 25.
The winner, a man from Tullamore who wishes his win to remain private, lives locally and only discovered that his was the winning Millionaire Raffle ticket on Friday evening last. He was searching for his credit card when he found it - he told the story over a glass of champagne on Monday.
“Everyone around Tullamore knew that the winning ticket had been sold in Leavey’s Centra in O’Carroll Street since the draw took place on Easter Monday. I was even speaking to the local Centra agent lately – a lovely guy – who said that he’s been inundated with people asking if anyone had collected the million yet, but still no sign of a winner. I think I even said to him “when you find them, wish them well from me,” chuckled the winner.
“I thought that I’d bought a ticket for the Raffle draw, but I am a bit disorganised when it comes to checking things and so, as time wore on, and I hadn’t discovered a ticket anywhere, I had kind of convinced myself that I hadn’t bought a ticket at all. Then last Friday evening, I was heading out to dinner with a good friend whom I hadn’t seen in a while, and so I went searching for my credit card. I went out to the car, and pulled out a load of Lottery tickets that I hadn’t checked, but still no credit card. I put all the tickets on the car seat and then spotted one right at the bottom. It was folded in two, and I opened it, and smoothed it out so that I could check it with the rest of them later on. When I saw that it was a Millionaire Raffle ticket, the numbers 034 361 just jumped out at me, like they were embedded in my head.”
“I ran into the house and my friend said “what’s happened – you look as white as a sheet!” I was shaking and everything, and I handed the ticket over and said “will you check that ticket for me – I think I’ve won a million euro!” My friend has the Lottery’s iphone app, which is really handy for checking numbers in these emergency situations as you can imagine, and he checked it straight away. There it was: no credit card but I had a ticket worth a million euro. It was really, really hard to take in,” smiled the winner. He put the ticket in tin foil, and stored it in a metal juicer in the kitchen all weekend – “I was terrified the house would go up in flames when I went out,” he laughed.
Plans for the win include: “definitely paying off my mortgage in a hurry, and my car loan, and of course I’ll look after the family and some friends. I’m sure the Lottery agent will be delighted that it’s been collected because there’s been so much speculation. And there I was, the winner all this time, and didn’t even know myself!
“Because of the day that’s in it, I’ll have to make a trip to the States. And if I’m passing the While House, I’ll definitely raise a glass and say ’I certainly remember the day you came to town; so far, President Obama, it’s been the best day of my life!”
And there was more good news for Tullamore in the Lottery’s weekend draws when a EuroMillions Match 5 prize, worth €48,626, was won with a ticket purchased in Tullamore on Friday night. In total, across Europe, there were 13 Match 5 winning tickets in Friday night’s draw.
The lucky ticket was bought in the Gala Service Station, Portarlington Road, Tullamore on Friday last, the day of the draw. It was a €2 Quickpick selection. No one has yet claimed the prize.