Grandmother hits the jackpot with scratch card win
A Wexford grandmother put one in the back of the net with a massive €500,000 Scratch Card win while her husband popped into the vet to get fish food for the family pet.
The winner bought a €20 All Cash Extravaganza Scratch Card in SuperValu in Wellingtonbridge, on the day of the Wexford-Kilkenny game, and planned to wait until she got home to see if she had won a prize.
But while her husband was in the vets she decided to scratch the card while she waited in the car. 'I couldn't believe my eyes when three €500,000 symbols came up. I thought I was seeing things.'
'When my husband came back with the fish food he thought I was sick. I was shaking and could hardly talk," the delighted gran said when she went to National Lottery headquarters with her family to collect her winnings last Tuesday.
The generous gran decided to split the winnings between herself, her husband and their two adult children, all who live in Bannow. They travelled by mini-bus to National Lottery headquarters with their partners - complete with a punnet of Wexford strawberries to have with champagne!
'I have been playing Scratch Cards and Telly Bingo for years and the most I have won to date is €500. I always believed I would win big someday. I am delighted to be able to share some of my good fortune with my children. This will make life a bit more comfortable for us all,' she said.
The winner and her husband have never taken a foreign holiday.
But they are now considering doing a cruise - but on one condition.
'I love Bingo and play a few times a week. So if we find a cruise ship with bingo on board we will go!' she said.
She said Wexford beating Kilkenny in the Leinster Hurling Championship Semi-Final rounded off what was a Saturday to remember for the family.