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Damien and Declan with their family.
Damien and Declan with their family.
Image: Adrian Donohue/National Lottery

A scratch card turned this €2 debt between Cavan brothers into €50,000

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Jun 27th 2015, 9:15 AM 27,800 18

TWO YOUNG BROTHERS from Cavan are now €50,000 richer after one of them was careful to pay back a €2 debt.

Declan McManus, 25, owed his younger sibling Damien €2. After receiving the payout, the 23-year-old Mace worker decided to buy a scratch card.

“I won a fiver on that Scratch card, so I thought I’d buy another,” he said. He scratched the All Cash “right away” in the shop he works in with Declan on the Dublin Road in Killeshandra.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw I’d won the €50,000!” he told reporters yesterday.

“I was in the office and heard Damien shouting, ‘Come here! Come here!’, I thought the shop was being robbed!” Declan added.

Damien plans to take his first foreign holiday with the money, and buy a new car. He may also head to Old Trafford when the season begins in August, he said.

“I guess I’ll have to look after Declan as well – he’ll get his €2 back at least,” he added, with a smile.

The brothers weren’t the only ones who won big this week.

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A couple from Dublin took two days to realise they were the rightful claimants of a €2.9 million win from Wednesday night’s draw.

They took until Friday morning to figure out their €4 Quickpick – bought in a petrol station on the Malahide Road – was the only winner.

The nearly-retired couple said they will be looking after their family, going on a sun holiday and ‘chilling out for a while’.

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