Couple delighted with e500K prize

SOME shops have all the luck. This week the owners of XL Owen Watters in Annavacky, Hackballscross, got a phonecall telling them that yet another one of their customers had scooped a big Lotto win.

SOME shops have all the luck. This week the owners of XL Owen Watters in Annavacky, Hackballscross, got a phonecall telling them that yet another one of their customers had scooped a big Lotto win.

A lucky Armagh couple, who are patrons of the shop, picked up a e6 two line Quick Pick and have now scooped a e500,000 on Tuesday, winning Tuesday night’s Euromillion plus draw.

Talking to the Dundalk Democrat, owner of the shop, Peter Finnegan, said: “It’s been chaotic since this latest win. People have been calling in to us and calling on the phone. We haven’t been able to get any work done, but it’s been great fun all the same.”

The delighted husband and wife, are understandably over the moon.

It no co-incidence according to Peter Finnegan, who puts the win down to it being a lucky shop:

“We been a lucky shop down through the years, but especially in the last three years. We have had three major wins, totalling e700,000 including this one.”

Peter and his wife Margeret have been running the shop in Annavacky for nearly seven years and they believe theirs to be a lucky shop.

“We had a contestant on Winning Streak who won e125,000, and we had a e25,000 winner last year.”

The Finnegans had a bottle of champagne on ice, but the winning couple had beaten them to it, celebrating their win over a glass of champagne.

Speaking of the special meaning this time of year has for them, the anonymous couple said: “Last year I discovered I was pregnant with our son. I remember that it was the day after Valentine’s Day and it was so amazing to get the news that we were to become parents. And now, a year later - almost to the very day – we’ve become half a million euro richer. It’s just unreal!” said the delighted wife.

The delighted husband said, “I don’t normally play the Plus draw – I’ve probably played once or twice before - but I’m oh so glad that I decided to spend that extra euro this time!”

“I checked the results on the app on my phone last night. I typed in the numbers and got the message that we’d won the top prize. We couldn’t believe it – still can’t!” he smiled.

Speaking of how they will spend their winnings, they said, “We always said that one day we would build our own home. It’s fantastic to know that day is soon”.