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Army paramedic and dad-of-seven picks up huge Lotto cheque

At Lotto HQ today were (l-r) Zoe, Darren, Shannon, James (father), John , James Jnr, Fintan, CEO of Irish National Lottery Dermot Griffin, Ann (mother) & Nicole
At Lotto HQ today were (l-r) Zoe, Darren, Shannon, James (father), John , James Jnr, Fintan, CEO of Irish National Lottery Dermot Griffin, Ann (mother) & Nicole

An army paramedic had his whole family with him today as he collected a huge Lotto prize.

Army paramedic, Jim Carroll (51), and his wife Anne (48) picked up their cheque with their seven children, aged between 13-30 years, as well as members of their extended family and friends.

Jim checked his ticket the morning after the June 28 Lotto draw following a late shift at the Curragh Camp Defence Forces base where he is stationed.

Jim told Lotto HQ that the win was such a surprise he had to take a day off

“I was in absolute shock," he said. "I was in no fit state to go to work the following day so I had to ring my boss to let him know that I wouldn't be able to work as I had won a few quid on the Lotto!”

The winning ticket was sold at McCarthy’s Centra Store in the Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare.

When asked how they will spend their winnings, Jim said: “We have seven children so we won't be long about spending it on them. My wife and I have promised ourselves new cars and after that, we will be sharing the rest of the winnings with our family.”

The past 12 months have been lucky for members of the Defence Forces, as in August 2016, a group of 20 soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Battalion in Kilkenny won the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €452,700.

Speaking after handing over the Carroll’s cheque, Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive of the National Lottery, said: “Days like this are always great experiences, when our winners bring along an entourage of family and friends. The atmosphere at National Lottery HQ has been electric today. I wish Jim, Anne and their family all the best for the future.”