The luck of Louis has struck again for another Kildare town lottery player.
Local woman Theresa Nugent is the latest Lotto winner to buy her ticket in Malone’s newsagent on Claregate street.
Owner Louis Hennessy has been dubbed “Lucky Louis” as it is the third big winning lottery ticket bought in his shop this year.
Theresa, from Bishopsland, matched five numbers in last Tuesday’s Euromillions draw and scooped €44,933. She bought her ticket in Malone’s on Tuesday.
However, she only found about her good fortune on Wednesday while listening to the ‘Kildare Today’ morning radio show on local station KFM.
Louis was being interviewed about his shop’s streak of good fortune by presenter Clem Ryan, and read out the latest series of winning numbers.
“I was sitting down in the kitchen having a cup of tea and I was writing down the numbers. Then I opened my purse and checked the Lotto ticket,” a delighted Theresa told the Leinster Leader.
“I screamed out ‘Oh My God’ - I roared the kitchen out of it,” she said.
Theresa is married to Michael and they have two daughters, Catherine and Shelly. Their son Eamon passed away tragically six years ago.
“We have had so much sadness, this could not have come at a better time,” said Theresa, who added she said a prayer of thanks to her son when she heard the good news yesterday.
Last April, local woman Gisutina Macari scooped €5.7 million in the Lotto with a ticket she bought from her “lucky charm” in Hennessy’s, sales assistant Aisling Boland.
“I am delighted it is a local and a woman I know from the town, who is a regular Lotto player,” said Lucky Louis.
However, a Lotto Plus 2 draw winning ticket worth €250,000, which was bought in the shop on Thursday, June 28, has not yet been claimed.
The winning numbers are 11, 17, 24, 28, 33 and 36.
That was a busy weekend in Kildare, with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby being run on the Curragh and Kildare taking on Meath in Croke Park. It was also a busy market day in Kildare town. Louis believes that the person who bought the ticket may not have been a local, and may have forgotten to check their numbers thoroughly.
- Laura Coates