Newbridge’s mystery €250k Lotto ticket winner collects prize

The mystery of Newbridge’s unclaimed €250,000 Lotto ticket has finally been solved.

The mystery of Newbridge’s unclaimed €250,000 Lotto ticket has finally been solved.

An anonymous winner from the county collected his quarter-of-a-million Jackpot from the National Lottery Headquarters yesterday. His lucky numbers were picked in the Wednesday, April 4, draw.

And there was a bonus surprise for the winner, who received the lucky ticket bought at Cards N’Things in the Dunnes Stores Shopping Centre to mark his birthday.

The man, who wishes to keep the win private, didn’t realise the extent of his good fortune until he got to the National Lottery’s Dublin offices.

“I thought I’d won €25,000,” said the shocked winner in a statement via the National Lottery. “I was really happy with that. It’d definitely help to pay off a few bills. But I only discovered there was an extra zero when I got to National Lottery offices and now I’m a quarter millionaire. It’s unbelievable – life-changing.”

The lucky €32 Multi Draw ticket, which was purchased on March 23 last, had been the subject of much speculation around Newbridge during the past week as the winner had not come forward.

“We are dying to know who won it,” Trish Targaglia, manager of Cards n’ Things, told the Leinster Leader earlier this week.

Meanwhile, there were more happy scenes for Lilywhites at the National Lottery HQ this week. Giustina Macari from Kildare town, who scooped €5.7 million in the March 31 Lotto draw, collected her prize on Tuesday.