Cassie Hughes was about to move in with her parents to save money, until a charity lottery ticket she bought a few months ago changed her life forever.
A young woman who put her car up for sale to help with her financial struggles has won a lottery prize of more than £266,500 just hours after she posted the ad.
Cassie Hughes, 29, plans to move in with her parents to save money when she wins the lifesaving award on Wednesday, February 16.
Cassie, from Dublin, bought only one charity lottery ticket to support mental health charity, Pieta House.
A raffle organized by Keith Mooney has been running since November with the main prize being a three-bedroom apartment in Lucan.
Not enough tickets were created to cover the cost of the main prize so €320,000 (£266,534) was taken out of the proceeds from ticket sales.
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Talking to DublinLive, Cassie said: “During the day, I saw on Instagram that the draw was going to happen that night. I really thought to myself, ‘I’m going to buy a few more tickets’ and then I said ‘no, you’re not real’ there’s a lot of money at the moment so let’s just let it go’.
“Late night, I really forgot about the draw and was on a Facetime call with my friend. We had just finished chatting when an email notification popped up saying in capital letters ‘YOU’VE WON’.
“I started jumping up and down in bed and my friend asked what was going on and I just kept screaming ‘this can’t be real, this can’t be real’.
The main prize was an apartment in the city of Ireland but when not enough tickets were sold, a cash prize was offered instead)
“I clicked on the email and it said ‘can I have your phone number because you just won over €300,000.
“I was panicking but also wanted to stay calm because there are a lot of scammers out there.
“Then I went to their Instagram and watched the video of the draw that was live. I was trying to fast-forward to the part where the name was called and the next minute I saw ‘Cassandra Hughes’ and I couldn’t breathe. .
“My body was shaking, it was the craziest feeling in the world.”
She immediately called her parents to share her disbelief and unbelievable news.
She said: “I showed them the video and they called me back and we were all just screaming, it was crazy.
“For my parents, it’s been a financial struggle for them the last few years. They’ve worked their whole lives and they’re the best people ever.
“So it just means the world is absolute to me that I can help them now. It’s really emotional, I’m so happy that I can help them as well as preparing myself to move on. .”
Now, Cassie, lives in Perrystown in Dublin, and Keith plans to give 10,000 euros to charity, which prompted her to enter the lottery in the first place.
Cassie “Obviously I never thought I would win in a million years, but the reality is that it’s also to raise money for Pieta House and mental health, something very close to my heart, that’s why the main reason for me to buy tickets.
“I thought well, I’m never going to win it but at least I’m throwing a bit of money to charity.
“Obviously you want to win but you never think it’s going to happen. I’ve been in little contests but never won in my life. I can’t believe it.”
Keith said it was “heartwarming” to know that his lottery changed someone’s life forever.
Talking to Dublin Live last week, “From the very beginning, it was one of the things that we really wanted to do; have a positive impact on someone’s life for the rest of their life,” he said.
“Getting a lump sum of €320,000 will change that person’s life for the better forever. They may never need a mortgage, they will never have to pay rent again and they will be established if They want to get married.
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