Tallaght grandad wins €200k on Father’s Day scratch card

IT WAS a very happy Father’s Day for one Tallaght grandad, who won a massive €200,000 scratch card prize on Sunday.

The grandad, who wishes to keep his win private, scooped €200,000 on a €10 All Cash Spectacular scratch card, which was bought in Dunnes Stores Kilnamanagh.

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Dunnes Stores Kilnamanagh

The scratch card was put into a Father’s Day card and gifted to the lucky grandad by his daughter.

“It’s not a bad gift to get for Father’s Day is it?” the grandad said as he sat in the National Lottery winners’ room earlier today.

“It was a wonderful day.

“I was surrounded by my adult children and all of my grandchildren so I really couldn’t have been happier.

“Little did we know what would come next!

“I opened my Father’s Day cards and a couple of them had scratch cards in them so I eventually scratched them and my jaw nearly hit the floor when the €200,000 appeared on it.

“I was absolutely stunned into silence and everybody in the house started asking me if I was ok.”

He added: “As soon as they realised what we had won, there was absolute pandemonium.

“It was such a fantastic feeling, winning a sum of money like that when I was already surrounded by my family.

“It’ll be something that I will treasure forever.”

When asked about his spending plans, the kind-hearted grandad said that family always comes first.

“We’ve put a lot of thought into what we want to do with the money and we’ve decided to split the prize between the family”, he said.

“It genuinely means a lot more that we can share this win with all of our adult children who will put the money aside for deposits on houses and whatnot.

“I have only asked for one thing from my win and that is for a nice camper van so I can travel the country with my grandchildren as often as I can.”

This is the second big win at Dunnes in the Kilnamanagh shopping centre in the last six months, after a small Tallaght family syndicate scooped nearly €500,000 on a golden Euromillions ticket four days before Christmas.

Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on National lottery games goes back to good causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage and the Irish language.

In 2018 alone, more than €227 million was raised.

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