Longford holiday makers, check your suitcase as you may have a €44,998 winning EuroMillions ticket in it!

Longford holiday makers, check your suitcase as you may have a €44,998 winning EuroMillions ticket in it!

Longford holiday makers, check your suitcase as you may have a €44,998 winning EuroMillions ticket in it!

The National Lottery has today appealed to holiday makers who may have departed Dublin Airport yesterday (Tuesday, July 3) to check their lottery tickets after a EuroMillions Match 5 prize worth almost €45,000 was sold in Terminal 1.

The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at the WH Smith store at Dublin Airport’s Terminal 1. The winning ticket came agonisingly close to the €44 million jackpot on offer after missing out on two lucky star numbers (between 1-12).

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Just last December, the lucky WH Smith store sold a winning Lotto jackpot ticket worth a whopping €5.4 million on Christmas Eve.

A National Lottery spokesperson reminded players who are going on holidays to play in advance to ensure that they do not miss out on big jackpots. “What a perfect start to the holidays! The WH Smith shop at Terminal 1 is fast becoming one of our lucky Lottery stores with holiday makers hoping to scoop a top prize before they jet off. With the holiday season well and truly underway, we remind players that they cannot play National Lottery games while abroad but they can play our draw games such as Lotto and EuroMillions with National Lottery Advance Play in any National Lottery retailer or online at”

Chief Executive of the National Lottery, Dermot Griffin has called on holiday makers abroad to carefully check their tickets.

“We are at the height of holiday season so it’s incredibly likely that the winning ticket holder is currently lying on a beach somewhere and may be unaware that they have a lottery ticket worth almost €45,000 in their suitcase! We are obviously urging everybody to check their tickets but we are also appealing to people currently in Ireland to contact their loved ones abroad to ensure that they do not miss out on this prize.”

The winning EuroMillions numbers were:

01, 12, 15, 29, 48 Lucky Stars: 03, 05

“Regardless of where the winner is, our message to them is to sign the back of the winning ticket and keep it incredibly safe. They should contact our Prize Claim Team on 01-836 4444 and we will make arrangements for them to collect their prize,” he added.

Want to share that winning feeling? Play Lotto. Tonight’s Lotto jackpot is an estimated €4 million. Play in store, on the National Lottery App or online by 7:30pm by this evening for your chance to win.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on all National Lottery games go back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, community, arts, heritage and the Irish language. In total more than €5 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 30 years ago. Applications are now open for the 2018 National Lottery Good Causes Awards. For more information, to apply and check eligibility criteria, visit awards.

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