Dubliner Lands Biggest Ever Scratch Card Win

Dubliner Lands Biggest Ever Scratch Card Win

A Dublin dad who almost had to sell his family home earlier this year has scooped the biggest ever prize on a National Lottery scratch card. The €500,000 prize was won on Ireland’s newest scratch card, “All Cash Extravaganza” which, for a ticket price of €20, gives players the chance to win instant prizes of up to €500,000.

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The lucky winner has asked to remain anonymous but spoke to staff at the National Lottery offices in Dublin following his surprise windfall. He said, "I’d been lucky a few weeks ago on a scratch card when I’d won €1,000, so I thought I’d try my luck again with the same one."

He bought the winning scratch card from a local service station where he had stopped off to buy his ticket for the Friday night EuroMillions draw. It wasn’t until he got home that it dawned on him just how much he had won. Speaking of the moment he realised what happened, he said, "I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw €50,000. I took it home and showed it to my wife and she pointed out that it was €500,000, not €50,000!"

Now that the win has started to sink in, the lucky Irishman can start thinking about how to spend his winnings. He said, "This means so much as it really brings peace of mind for me and my family.

"I nearly sold our home a few months ago, and now I can pay off the mortgage and credit cards.

"One of the kids was looking at having to go away for work, and now I’m able to help them out so they can stay at home.

"The wife is already planning the holiday. I haven’t been on one for years and my passport had expired.

"I’ve the passport application all filled out and ready to go."

There is a jackpot of €2.5 million up for grabs in Saturday’s Irish National Lottery. Tickets can be purchased online via the Lottery Tickets tab or in person from an authorised retailer.

10th July 2014