A grandmother from Co Cork is €61,000 richer today.
Catherine O’Connor from Cobh, Co. Cork, picked up a cheque for €61,000 today at National Lottery offices in Dublin after winning the Snowball prize of €60,000 in last Friday’s TellyBingo draw.
She also won an extra prize worth €1,000 today in the National Lottery's Super Summer Snowball promotion giving away a hotel break worth €1,000 to all TellyBingo Snowball prize winners.
The mother of four and grandmother of four, with another grandchild on the way, told about the excitement in her family since her big win on Friday.
She said: "My sister Michelle bought me my TellyBingo ticket for luck last week. We both love playing TellyBingo.
"I used to enjoy playing with my mother. She’s passed on and I know she’s dancing up there now."
The lucky ticket was purchased in Londis, Newtown, Cobh, Co. Cork.
Catherine said: "So I’d got down to the last three numbers on my ticket and then they all came up in a row and I had a Fullhouse. I couldn’t believe it - that’s €10,000!
"My grandson was with me and he was dancing around the place, he was so excited.
"I got on the phone to my sister Michelle, and said I’m after winning €10,000! She told me to relax and calmed me down before telling me I’d actually won the Snowball prize of €60,000. My sister was over the moon for me."
Speaking of her plans for her winnings, Catherine said: "I’ll use the money to do up my kitchen and bedroom and then I’ll take a trip to New Jersey in The States to visit my brother.
"He’s lived there for 36 years but it’ll be my first ever trip to America. I look forward to spending Thanksgiving with him and his family."