Kerry Family Finally Able to Claim €9.7 Million Lotto Jackpot Win
Last Updated: Thursday 29th July 2021, 13:45 pm
The winners of a €9.7 million Irish Lotto jackpot from April have finally been able to come forward and collect their money. The ticket belonged to a family syndicate from Co Kerry, but they had to wait two months to receive the prize due to restrictions on social contact.
The big win came back on Saturday 18th April, when the largest jackpot since last August was up for grabs following a long sequence of rollovers. A single ticket matched the winning numbers - 4, 9, 15, 27, 29 and 34.
The National Lottery had altered some of the ways it operated due to the coronavirus outbreak, for example reducing the opening hours of its Dublin headquarters, so it took longer than normal for the winners to get their money.
Speaking about the delay, one member of the syndicate said: “It turned out to be a good thing as we were able to get our heads around the win and make the necessary preparations to get such a huge amount of money. We knew it would come sooner or later so we really didn’t mind the wait.”
Ticket Wasn’t Checked for a Week
The winners had purchased their Quick Pick ticket from Daly’s Supervalu in Killarney, but did not check their entry for several days. When they finally discovered they had become multimillionaires, it left them in a state of disbelief.
One member of the family recalled: “We heard of the big Lotto win in Kerry but never entertained the thought that it could be us because we never win. A few days passed and I was checking my ticket for the following Wednesday's draw when I spotted the ticket in my handbag.
“It dawned on me that I forgot to check Saturday's numbers. It was such a surreal moment when you realise you have won. Without even thinking about it I just started hopping all over the living room in delight. It's so funny to think I was walking around with the winning ticket in my bag for almost a week.
“We kept the ticket safe in a drawer at home but found ourselves checking the numbers frequently. It certainly took a while for the news to sink in… We actually won the Lotto.”
The Lotto jackpot currently stands at €7 million ahead of Saturday’s draw. You can take part online or by going to an authorised National Lottery retailer in Ireland.