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Craigtown syndicate celebrate lotto win 27.06.23

The Craigtown school syndicate from Inishowen, made up of 18 teachers and staff, travelled to Lotto HQ in Dublin yesterday to claim their €250,000 prize which they won on the 27th May Lotto Plus 2 draw. The group purchased their winning ticket at Doherty’s Centra in Moville.
The Craigtown syndicate pictured collecting their €250,000 cheque.
Speaking in the Winners Room, Margaret Farren explained that buying the ticket for that particular draw was not as straight forward as usual.
“I was holidaying on the North Antrim coast when I realized that I didn’t have a ticket for the draw that night. I figured that I would get our ticket at some point during the day but as we got closer to the draw time, I was getting worried as I needed to get back to Donegal to get it. By then, it was becoming a mad dash to find the best way back. As luck would have it, the ferry had just started running again the previous day so I got that back to Greencastle and then made my way to Moville to get our ticket. I only had 15 minutes left to get our ticket at that stage,” said Margaret.

Purchasing the ticket still did not go exactly to plan: “I usually buy a ticket to cover eight draws but when I got to the shop, the machine was unable to print a ticket for that particular draw only. I would only ever check our tickets after the eight draws are up but since the ticket was a single draw, I checked the next day and to say it was utter disbelief would be an understatement! If it had have been a ticket for eight draws, there’s no way I would have known how much we won so soon after. I told the rest of the members the next day after school – they couldn’t believe it when the app said the words ‘You’ve won Big!’ I think our cheers were heard far and wide!”

Meanwhile, the Craigtown syndicate were not the only Inishowen winners to visit Lotto HQ to claim their winnings. A family syndicate claimed over €6.3 million after purchasing their ticket for the 17th June draw at McCarrons Village Shop in Quigley’s Point.
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