Urgent warning for Lotto players as the gambler has just days to claim a big prize

Irish Lotto players are urged to check their old tickets as one lucky punter has just days left to claim a €24,224 prize.

The Galway player shared the Match 5+ Bonus prize of €48,448 with a Dublin player in October after purchasing his winning Quick Pick ticket on the day of the draw from Desmond Salmon on Patrick Street in Portumna.


Lotto players are urged to check their ticketsCredit: Handout

The winning numbers in the October 7 Lotto draw were: 23, 25, 28, 32, 33, 44 and the bonus was 29.

Because ticket holders have 90 days from the draw date to claim their prize, the claim deadline for this Match 5 + Bonus prize is fast approaching.

The winner must present their ticket before closing time on January 5.

A National Lottery spokesperson said: “We would like to hear from the Galway Lotto player who matched five numbers and the bonus in the Saturday October 7 draw to win €24,224 as the deadline to claim is just a week away. takes.

“The ticket holder purchased his winning Quick Pick ticket on the day of the draw from Desmond Salmon on Patrick Street in Portumna, Co. Galway.

“We hope that our Lotto players in the West will check their old tickets as soon as possible as the last date to claim this prize closes on Friday 5 January.

“The winner will need to sign the back of their ticket, which is now worth €24,224, and contact our prize claims team on 1800 666 222 or email [email protected]. Arrangements will then be made for the winner to visit Lotto Headquarters. fast as possible.”

Meanwhile, a delivery driver who scored a life-changing £3.8million on the lotto found himself “standing in the rain serving out baskets of groceries” the next working day.

Jonny Johnston from Co Fermanagh, who has never been further than Scotland, said he had put his new fortune ‘in the back of my mind and just worked’.

The cheerful Tesco worker said the winnings – the equivalent of £4.3million – had “made no difference” to his service, adding: “I’m still going to play the lottery, sure, why not?” and revealed that he was going to get a passport.

Long-term partner Christina Williams said life was continuing as normal for her too, adding: “It’s not going to change us.”

But if she could have changed anything in the recent past, she says she would have spent a lot of money on tickets to see Taylor Swift with her daughter.

Christina said: “I looked at them in June and they cost €800 so that wasn’t possible.

“That’s the only thing I would have done differently.”

The couple, who have two sons aged 23 and 19, and a daughter aged 20, have yet to make plans for their first trip abroad.

Jonny, 45, said the furthest he had ventured so far was trips to Portrush, Galway, Bray and the odd visit to Scotland.

While sipping a glass of champagne, the multimillionaire said he is now applying for his first passport as the couple plan a luxury cruise.

Jonny said: “I would like us all to go to the Caribbean, maybe on a cruise as it sounds and looks incredible. We’ve never had a family vacation together.”

Also on the wish list are a vintage car and a tractor for one of their children.

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