A kind-hearted mam from Laois handed her daughter a Lotto ticket worth €312,042 after her daughter had originally bought her the ticket.
The winning ticket matched five numbers and the bonus ball on the Lotto draw on Wednesday January 1, one number short of scooping the €4.3 million Lotto jackpot on the night.
The two, who wish to remain anonymous, were in the National Lottery Winner’s Room together and the winner explained: “On New Year’s Eve I was on my way home and I swung by Tesco to get a few things and I bought two Lotto tickets, one for me and one for my mum.
“When I got home, I asked her to choose her one. With all the New Year’s happenings we had completely forgotten about the Lotto tickets and it was Friday night when I thought to check them.
“I scanned mine on the National Lottery app and it wasn’t a winner and then scanned mum’s and the message popped up asking me to get in contact with the Lottery.
“I went online straight away to check the numbers and sure enough she had all bar one number and the bonus number. For a split second I thought she was after winning the Lotto!”
Upon hearing she had won this substantial prize, in a heart-warming act of kindness, the winner’s mother handed her daughter the winning ticket to keep.
The winner continued: “I was delighted for mum, but she handed me the winning ticket and said that this is for my future.
“I still can’t believe it and I will use this windfall to look after her and then I’m going to put the rest towards getting my own home in the future. I’ll be eternally grateful to her!”
This winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at Tesco Extra on James Fintan Lawlor Avenue, Portlaoise, Co Laois.
You can get in on this winning Lotto feeling as tomorrow night’s Lotto jackpot is an estimated €5 million.
Play in-store, online or by using the National Lottery App by 19:30 on Wednesday 8th January for your chance to win.
Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage and the Irish Language.
In total more than €5.5 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 33 years ago.