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Delighted woman collects €500,000 after forgetting about winning EuroMillions ticket for weeks

Independent.ie logo Independent.ie 19/05/2017 Daniel O'Connor

(Stock image) © Provided by Irish Independent (Stock image) A delighted woman has collected €500,000 after forgetting to check her winning EuroMillions Plus ticket for weeks.

The lucky Meath punter, who does not wish to be named, admits she is a hoarder and she didn't even think to check the ticket at the bottom of her bag until she heard someone had scooped a fortune.

She explained today: “I am notorious for buying lottery tickets and hoarding them in my handbag for months on end.

“I was chatting with my friends and the conversation somehow turned to the fact that the Centra Shop in Carlanstown had sold a winning EuroMillions ticket worth half a million euros and there was still no sign of a winner coming forward.”

It wasn’t until she returned home later that day and scanned her ticket alongside her mother before she realised she had won the jackpot.

She said: “There was an overwhelming sense of relief to see the winning message come up on the phone. That was a wonderful moment to share with my mother.” 

The woman bought her ticket at Centra in Carlanstown, Co. Meath on April 28 and after waiting three weeks to collect her winnings she already has plans for how she'll spend it.

She said: “This is a fantastic prize to win and this will set me up for my future. I will be able to purchase a house mortgage free and maybe I’ll have a nice holiday as well. Family is important to me so of course I will take care of them.”

This is the second time the Centra store in Carlanstown has had a big winner, with the shop selling a €436,958 winning ticket for the Euromillions main draw last August.

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