Lucky farmers claim €500,000 bonanza on Euromillions ticket

A lucky farming family in the midlands has reportedly won a €500,000 bonanza from a Euromillions ticket that had been thrown in their car almost two months ago.

The winning ticket was found yesterday, June 8, when the farmer’s wife was searching for loose change in the car.

After discovering their good fortune, the farmer and his wife travelled to the National Lottery headquarters to collect their prize.

I was desperately looking for coins to fill the metre when I spotted four lottery tickets stuffed with rubbish in the side pocket of the driver’s door.

“I thought I better bring them into the shop to get them scanned, just in case. I could not believe my luck when I was told to ring the National Lottery office; that I had won a significant amount,” she said.

The ticket, which was purchased at the Gandon Service Station in Emo, Co. Laois, claimed the prize in the Euromllions Plus draw on April 18.

It is believed the farming couple, who wish to remain anonymous, plan to use their winnings to pay off some of their mortgage; some money has already been earmarked for their children’s education.

Scratchcard winnings go towards new tractor

Earlier this year, it was reported that a farming family planned to buy a new tractor with €50,000 that they had won through a scratchcard bought in the local supermarket.

The winning scratchcard was sold in the Supervalu store in Lanesboro, Co. Longford. The store confirmed that the winner was indeed a local.

The Supervalu store also wished the family, who wanted to remain anonymous, the best of luck.

In 2016, the National Lottery paid out over €200m to 103 players; receiving prizes of €100,000 plus.

Based on winner ‘profiles’ from 2016, the National Lottery revealed that almost seven in 10 winners were male, and the same proportion of winners were 45-years-old or older.