Dublin couple who 'have struggled with money' plan to pay for kids' education with €100k Lotto jackpot

A Dublin couple who "have struggled with money over the years", have claimed a €100,000 Christmas Millionaire Raffle prize almost two months after the draw.

The husband and wife revealed today that they didn’t realise their good fortune until a month after the raffle which was held on New Year’s Eve, and yet they decided there was no rush in coming into National Lottery HQ to claim their prize.

The ticket was bought by the wife at Andrew Street Post Office for her husband as part of his Christmas present.

Her husband said: “She always buys me a Millionaire Raffle ticket for Christmas. But this year it was a month before I checked to see if I won anything.

"I was at home on my own that day and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I checked the winning numbers. I didn’t really believe it until my wife came home and assured me I wasn’t seeing things!”

The couple, who have two children studying in college, said they have not told anybody about their big win.

The husband said: “We have struggled with money over the years so this is a lovely amount. We have a close relative in Australia so plan to spend next Christmas there which will be amazing.

"I will also change my car later this year. If the children decide to do a Masters after they finish their degrees the money will be there for that. We won’t tell them where the money has come from, we might say we took a bank loan.

"Our plan is to look after them without them knowing the source,”

He revealed he stored the raffle ticket in a folder of documents in his wardrobe for weeks. “I reckoned it was as safe there as anywhere else.”

Meanwhile, an Offaly woman cashed in today on a romantic Valentine’s Day gesture when she collected a Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €57,209 from Wednesday, February 14.

Her loving husband gifted her the winning ticket on Valentine’s night after he realised he had five numbers plus the bonus.

She said: “On Valentine’s night, my husband bound through the door proclaiming that he had got me the best Valentine’s Day gift ever.

"In my own head I was thinking that this better be good and then he hands me this Lotto ticket. I hadn’t a clue what he was up to.

"There was great celebrations once I finally copped that it was a winning ticket. This prize will mean a lot to our family.”

The winning Quick Pick ticket was bought at Horan’s Daybreak in Birr, Co. Offaly, on February 13.

The Offaly family have their sights set on a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday this summer after they have paid off their bills with their winnings.

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