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Lucky Irish farmer found €500,000 EuroMillions ticket among rubbish in car

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 9/06/2017 Anita McSorley

Gandon Service Station in Emo, Portlaois © Google Maps Gandon Service Station in Emo, Portlaois A lucky farming couple drove around for seven weeks oblivious that they had a €500,000 EuroMillions (NZ$743,000) ticket in their car.

The husband and wife from the midlands almost missed out on half-a-million euro by forgetting about their EuroMillions ticket.

It was only on Thursday, when the wife was scrounging for loose change for a parking meter, that she stumbled across the ticket.

She explained: “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!"

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc The delighted pair, who do not want to go public on their amazing win, visited the National Lottery headquarters on Friday to collect their €500,000 EuroMillions Plus winnings.

The bought their Quick Pick ticket from Gandon Service Station in Emo, Portlaoise, Co Laois before the draw on April 18.

Their lucky numbers were 3, 15, 25, 31 and 39.

Collecting their win, they said: “We play EuroMillions and Lotto fairly regularly but we are terrible for forgetting about the tickets and not checking the numbers.

"We usually let them accumulate before getting them checked together.

“If I wasn’t hunting for loose change in the car we might have forgotten about these tickets and it might have been too late to claim.”

Talking about what they'll do with their win, they say they'll pay off some of their mortgage and put some money aside for their young children's education.

They added: "We are farmers and it is a hard graft. Like so many people we have had a tough time financially in recent years so this is a great win and will take the pressure off.

"We weren’t going to take a holiday this year because of the cost, but we ended up booking a sun break in March as the weather was so bad. So it will be a special one for us. We will be able to splash out a bit!”

A National Lottery spokesperson advised players to always put their tickets aside safely, and to check the numbers after each game.

They stated: “We are delighted for this couple who got a great surprise when they checked their tickets seven weeks after the draw.

"We appeal to players to always check their numbers. They have 90 days to claim after a draw. We don’t want people to lose out.”

Meanwhile the spokesperson appealed to players to check if they are the holders of another unclaimed EuroMillions €500,000 winning ticket from April 25.

The Quick Pick ticket was purchased in the Applegreen Service Station on the Dublin Road in Co Cavan.

The winning numbers are: 05, 08, 35, 41 and 47.

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