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Family stored €6m Lotto ticket in gun cabinet before cashing it in

Family stored €6m Lotto ticket in gun cabinet before cashing it in

A Co Westmeath family revealed today how their half share of a €12.3m-winning Lotto ticket was stored in a gun cabinet in their home to keep it safe before cashing it in.

The family of six - who scooped €6.1million in Saturday's Lotto jackpot – arrived at National Lottery headquarters today to claim their winning prize.

The winning dad said that the magic ticket had been safely stored in his gun cabinet since Sunday morning, after he learned it was worth a whopping €6.1million. 

"Sure I could think of no better place to leave it!" he joked.

The man purchased the winning ticket at the Topaz Service Station, Dublin Road, Athlone, on the day of the birth of his grandchild.

The family discovered they held the winning ticket after hearing that Saturday's Lotto Jackpot was shared, and that the two winning tickets had been purchased in Westmeath and Donegal.

"I dared hope it was us. When we checked the winning numbers, we realised our dreams had come true," he said. "We were over the moon."

The man rang his wife, who was in work, and told her he had won €500 on the Lotto.

"If I had told her the truth all of her work would have known! She asked me to be sure to buy a bottle of wine to have with dinner."

The woman said: "I couldn't believe it when I got home to learn that we had hit the jackpot. The excitement was something else."

Each family member will get just over €1 million - "a lovely amount which will help the kids out with their mortgages and to get a great start in life."

The winning family have no intention of giving up work, despite their new found fortune. The father said: "We both love our jobs and we will be carrying on as normal."

The holder of the second shared Lotto Jackpot ticket from Saturday, purchased in Mickey Joe's Country Store in Carrigart, Co Donegal, has made contact with the Lotto and arrangements are being made to claim the prize.