A lucky lady from Co Westmeath bought a Christmas Millionaire Raffle ticket last week and then watched the draw live on RTE One on New Year’s Eve to see her number pulled from the drum to win the €250,000 prize.
“I switched the TV over to the New Year’s Eve coverage and watched Brian Ormond draw the winning tickets. I wrote down the numbers and then checked my ticket. I thought I must have written them down wrong – I couldn’t believe it,” smiled the happy winner.
“We had to watch the draw back again on the RTE Player and check the National Lottery website to believe it was actually true. It was such a surprise!”
The winner, who wishes to remain private, bought the lucky ticket (number 240 403 ) on Thursday December 27 in Tesco Shopping Centre, Ash Road, Mullingar.
“I’ll share the money with my family and perhaps I’ll take a little holiday later in the year,” said the delighted lady as she collected her prize at National Lottery offices in Dublin.
The Millionaire Raffle draw took place on New Year’s Eve. Some 2,236 cash prizes were available to be won including a top prize of €1 million, a prize worth €250,000 and four prizes worth €100,000 each.
Brian Ormond drew the top six winning prize numbers live on RTE One as part of the New Year’s Eve The Gathering 2013, broadcast from College Green in Dublin.
The holder of the €1 million winning ticket has not yet claimed their prize. The lucky ticket was bought in Dungloe, Co Donegal.
National Lottery good causes benefit from the sale of all National Lottery games, with approximately one third of all sales going to fund beneficiary projects around the country. Since the National Lottery was launched, over €4 billion has been raised for good causes.