Gran’s joy at e2.6m lotto win

NO REPRO FEE: Kathleen McLaughlin (centre) from Carrickmaquigley, Redcastle, Co. Donegal, is pictured with members of her family (from left seated) DJ McLaughlin, Sean McLaughlin, Eileen Tonor, (standing from left) Gerry McLaughlin, Mary Maxwell, Michael McLaughlin,  Paul McLaughlin and Cathering McGowan.'today (Monday 5th December 2011) as the family collected the winning cheque for �2,642,046 in the National Lottery Headquarters this afternoon. Pic: Justin Mac Innes / Mac Innes Photography'Background info; As well as herself and her husband, Kathleen's four daughters and three sons are members of the family's Lotto syndicate and they take it in turns to purchase their Lotto ticket. Last Friday, it was Kathleen's turn and she purchased the �4 Quickpick ticket which resulted in the jackpot heading to Donegal for Christmas 2011. The lucky ticket was sold in Farren's Ice Cream Company Ltd.,7 Main Street, Moville, Co. Donegal. The lucky agent is Denis Foynes and it is the first time that his store has sold a Lot
NO REPRO FEE: Kathleen McLaughlin (centre) from Carrickmaquigley, Redcastle, Co. Donegal, is pictured with members of her family (from left seated) DJ McLaughlin, Sean McLaughlin, Eileen Tonor, (standing from left) Gerry McLaughlin, Mary Maxwell, Michael McLaughlin, Paul McLaughlin and Cathering McGowan.'today (Monday 5th December 2011) as the family collected the winning cheque for �2,642,046 in the National Lottery Headquarters this afternoon. Pic: Justin Mac Innes / Mac Innes Photography'Background info; As well as herself and her husband, Kathleen's four daughters and three sons are members of the family's Lotto syndicate and they take it in turns to purchase their Lotto ticket. Last Friday, it was Kathleen's turn and she purchased the �4 Quickpick ticket which resulted in the jackpot heading to Donegal for Christmas 2011. The lucky ticket was sold in Farren's Ice Cream Company Ltd.,7 Main Street, Moville, Co. Donegal. The lucky agent is Denis Foynes and it is the first time that his store has sold a Lot

INISHOWEN’S luckiest grandmother was beaming from ear to ear on board her taxi yesterday as she was preparing for the long journey to Dublin to collect 2.6 million euro at Lotto HQ.

77 year-old Kathleen McLaughlin from Redcastle became the peninsula’s newest millionaire on Saturday evening when a four euro quick pick she had bought in Farren’s Newsagents earlier that day proved to have the winning numbers in the Lotto draw.

Kathleen McLaughlin celebrates with her family on route to Dublin to collect her 2.6 million euro cheque at Lotto HQ. (0612PG40) Photo Phil Gamble

Kathleen McLaughlin celebrates with her family on route to Dublin to collect her 2.6 million euro cheque at Lotto HQ. (0612PG40) Photo Phil Gamble

However, despite her big win, Kathleen insists it will not change her life, and after celebrating with her family on Sunday afternoon, she quickly put on her coat and went off to bingo!

“I didn’t win anything last night though,” joked Kathleen.

Speaking on board the Skelly’s taxi bus on route to Dublin yesterday, the Redcastle grandmother joked she was hoping to be back from Dublin in time to catch bingo in Moville last night.

“At bingo you only win a small amount, but I could do something with that, I don’t know what I’ll

do with all this money. Maybe if I had won it 40 years ago it would have been better use to me than getting it now at my age,” she laughed. “But I’m happy for the family.”

The mother of eight and grandmother of 28 checked her ticket, as usual, on the teletext shortly after 9am on Sunday.

“I seemed to have too many right numbers and I thought ‘this cannot be right’ so I called my daughter, Eileen. I told her to put on the television and call the numbers out to me, and she shouted: ‘You’ve won the Lotto Mammy!’”

But despite her massive windfall, the avid bingo-goer insists her life will not change.

“I have no plans for the money, I’m not much of a holiday goer, and I don’t really want to change myhouse.

“I’m just happy to get out and about and get to the bingo, and I’ll definitely keep playing the Lotto every week.”

Farren’s proprietor Denis Foynes and his wife, Patricia, were also over the moon with their customer’s win.

Kathleen’s winning numbers were 4, 12, 14, 16, 21, 34 with the bonus ball, 22.