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Waterford Lotto winner claims €1million prize

A Waterford winner of the Lotto Plus 1 draw has claimed their €1 million prize.

The winning ticket was purchased at Nugent’s Centra on the Clonea Road in Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

The money was won on the same night that a Kilkenny player bagged the €8.5 million jackpot, from a ticket sold in Mooncoin.

The Lotto Plus 1 winner in Waterford admitted to not realising just how much their ticket was worth immediately:

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“I wasn’t watching the draw so it was the next day when I decided to check my ticket. I scanned the ticket on my phone and immediately got the message that said I had won a big prize. It didn’t say how much I had won so I was thinking maybe it was something like €5,000. You can imagine the surprise I got when I checked the results! To be honest, it took a few glances at the numbers and the ticket before I fully believed that I had won €1 million – it’s not something you would ever expect to happen!”

The winner said keeping the ticket safe proved to be quite nerve-wracking, so they put it in a sealed envelope and hid it behind a mirror  on the wall.

When asked what they'd do with the money, the overnight millionaire said "I will be taking my time in planning what to do next but the first thing on the list is a holiday in the sun for sure.”

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage, and the Irish Language. In total more than €6 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 34 years ago. In 2021 alone, €289 million was raised for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.

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