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I hid winning €3.9m jackpot ticket in book – I’m not sure this even feels real

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I hid winning €3.9m jackpot ticket in book – I’m not sure this even feels real

IT was a bumper day for Lotto winners today as they claimed over €4.5 million in prizes.

Lotto HQ on Abbey Street in Dublin had a revolving door of lucky punters coming and going on Thursday as they picked up cheques from Lotto and EuroMillions games over the past few weeks.

Pinewood Stores in Balbriggan sold the winning jackpot ticket

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Pinewood Stores in Balbriggan sold the winning jackpot ticket
A Dublin syndicate picked up their winnings from the jackpot haul they scooped at Pinewood Stores

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A Dublin syndicate picked up their winnings from the jackpot haul they scooped at Pinewood Stores

A Dublin syndicate left with the biggest amount of the day after claiming their €3,931,066 jackpot from last Saturday night, after purchasing their ticket at Pinewood Stores in Balbriggan – and they’re planning a party to celebrate.

The syndicate manager said: “For the last few days, I’ve had the ticket hidden in a book I was reading tucked away in the dresser beside my bed. I didn’t want to let it out of my sight.

“Now that we have our cheque, the plan now is to take our time and really let the news sink in.

“It’s been a proper life-changing week and I’m not sure this even feels real yet to be honest.

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“The next thing we’ll definitely do is have a little celebration together.”

Meanwhile, a family syndicate of four from Co Galway who scooped the EuroMillions Plus top prize in the July 4 draw, worth a whopping €500,000, also came in on Thursday.

The family, who wish to keep their win private, bought the winning Quick Pick ticket at McGreal’s Mace in Ballybrit, Co Galway.

The head of the syndicate recounted: “I headed down to McGreal’s to pick up some milk and pork chops for the dinner. I had a bit of change left over so said I’d buy a EuroMillions Plus ticket.

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“I was over at a friend’s house later who checked the ticket for me and my legs nearly went weak when they told me the ticket was worth €500,000.

“I started ringing around family members to tell them the good news and none of them believed me at first. I’ve a reputation as a bit of a prankster, you see.

“We all gathered together in the house later that night to celebrate and we were dancing up on the tables and singing songs – it was night I’ll never forget.”

The family syndicate have no immediate plans to spend their newfound fortune but said a family holiday is definitely on the cards for next year.

And a Roscommon woman also got her month off to a winning start and claimed €135,820 after matching five numbers and the bonus in the July 1 Lotto draw.

She said: “I don’t even know what came over me that night to even play the Lotto.

“I never check my tickets straight away so it was some shock when I finally scanned this one.

“To see the message ‘You’ve Won Big’ is certainly a surprise and then to hear the amount is another thing.

“It’s great to finally be able to say I’ve been to the Winners’ Room.”

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