​Lotto Winner Forgets Ticket After Being Picked Up By Limo To Collect £850,000 Prize

A lucky lotto winner was so stoked by his fortune that he only went and forgot to bring the ticket when going to collect his £850,000 (€1,000,000) winnings, didn't he?

Odhran Doherty, 23, had set off to claim his winnings in a stretch limo, only to realise he'd left the slip at home - meaning the farm worker had to swing around 10 miles into his journey to Dublin from Donegal.

"My father put it in a safe place, a wee bit too safe now to be honest," farm worker Odhran said.

"We were in Raphoe, near where we got the bloody thing.

"But it wasn't too bad, we were only in Raphoe so we got it back and it was alright."

He had to get the limo to turn around to pick up his ticket. Credit: RTE
He had to get the limo to turn around to pick up his ticket. Credit: RTE

Speaking about the moment he knew he'd won, Odhran added: "I just scanned the ticket and it just said congratulations, but I thought I'd won a couple of thousand, but I didn't realise it was going to be this kind of amount."

Odhran had run into a spot of bother when he went to the ATM before heading out to celebrate his win.

"My card was bouncing," he said - referring to a moment many of us know all too well.

"Faulty card apparently because I had money in the account but whatever, we'll not worry about that now anyway."

Remembering the win, dad Liam also said: "I couldn't remember the day, I thought it was April Fool's. He rang me and he says, 'Get down here'. I still thought it was a bit of a joke.

"I says 'What the heck do you want me down for?' and he says 'Get down here I think there's something up'.

"I landed down and he came out of the pub and said 'I won a million quid'.

In fact, it was actually Liam who had gifted his son the winning slip, having bought it for him from a newsagents in Raphoe after a long day on the family farm in The Glebe, Letterkenny.

Liam explained: "We were working on Saturday, Margaret, myself and him on the farm all day and I decided to go up to Raphoe for something to eat.

"I bought three tickets, one for Margaret, myself and Odhran."

Odhran and his family. Credit: RTE
Odhran and his family. Credit: RTE

Odhran has said he has no plans to leave the farm, despite the big win.

"I'm not leaving it, I like it too much and I've kind of chose it now," he said.

"It's kind of a family thing now so I'll stay at it."

He did, however, admit that 'every day is a party now' for he and his family, along with girlfriend Jessica.

"It's amazing," Odhran said.

"Me and Dad... always chatted about what we would spend the money on but we never thought it would actually happen, you know, you always think about it but you never know the feeling. It's unimaginable."

Congrats, Odhran.

Featured Image Credit: RTE

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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