Mayo pensioner wins €50,000 on Bingo scratch card and makes first trip to Dublin in over 20 years
Posted in Connect on October 19, 2017.
A pensioner made her first trip to Dublin in more than 20 years today to collect her €50,000 winnings from a Bingo scratch card.
The Mayo woman, a grandmother, made the journey from Ballina to Dublin along with her daughter, her daughter’s partner, her granddaughter and her brother to pick up the grand prize from a National Lottery Bingo Times 10 scratch card.
She said: “I get the Bingo Times 10 scratch card frequently and I like to take my time and scratch it in the evening while I’m relaxing.
“I’ve won a few smaller amounts before and I thought I’d made a mistake but then it dawned on me I’d won €50,000!
“I began shouting to my brother that I had won fifty grand. He couldn’t understand me as he is hard of hearing.
“When he did cop on to what I was saying the newspaper in his hand started shaking uncontrollably. We still can’t believe it.
“I couldn’t sleep a wink thinking of the journey up. It’s been years since I’ve been to Dublin – definitely more than 20. The last time I was here Mary Robinson was president. I’m going to enjoy my visit with my family.
“We’re heading for a visit to Dublin Zoo which I am looking forward to as I’ve never been and neither has my granddaughter.”
When asked what she will do with the money she said that she was going to look after the family and pay the “last few bob on the mortgage off”.
Meanwhile Christmas came early today for a Kilkenny man who won €100,000 on Christmas Countdown scratch card.
This is the first top prize won on this recently launched festive game – and there’s still nine weeks to go until Christmas.
The jolly Kilkenny gentleman could not believe his festive fortune and said: “It was a pure stroke of luck.
“I just saw the Christmas scratch card and thought I’d get one for the craic and next thing I knew I realised I’d won a hundred grand!
“I’m going to have a good Christmas with my family with the money and I’ll also do a few sensible things with it like clear bills.”