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.
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.