Cassie Hughes was about to maneuver in along with her mother and father to save cash, till one ticket for a charity raffle she had purchased months in the past modified her life eternally
A younger lady who put her automotive up on the market in a bid to assist with monetary struggles received a raffle prize value over £266,500 simply hours after she posted the advert.
Cassie Hughes, 29, was because of transfer again in along with her mother and father to save cash when she received the life-saving prize on Wednesday, February 16.
Cassie, from Dublin, had solely purchased one ticket for the charity raffle in assist of psychological well being charity, Pieta Home.
The raffle, hosted by Keith Mooney had been operating since November with the principle prize as a 3 bed room residence in Lucan.
Not sufficient tickets had been generated to cowl the price of the principle prize so €320,000 (£266,534) was raffled off as a substitute, from the cash generated by ticket gross sales.
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Talking to DublinLive, Cassie stated: “Throughout the day, I noticed it on Instagram that the draw was going forward that evening. I really thought to myself, ‘will I purchase a few extra tickets’ after which I stated ‘no, you do not actually have a lot cash on the minute so let’s simply go away that’.
“Afterward within the evening, I really forgot concerning the draw and I used to be on a Facetime name with my good friend. We had been simply chatting away then an e mail notification popped up and stated in capital letters ‘YOU’VE WON’.
“I began leaping up and down on my mattress and my good friend was asking what was occurring and I simply stored yelling ‘this cannot be actual, this cannot be actual’.
The principle prize had been an residence within the Irish metropolis however when not sufficient tickets had been offered, a money prize was provided as a substitute)
“I clicked into the e-mail and it stated ‘can I’ve your telephone quantity since you simply received over €300,000.
“I used to be freaking out however I additionally needed to remain calm as a result of there’s so many scammers on the market.
“I went onto their Instagram then and regarded on the video of the draw that had been live-streamed. I used to be making an attempt to fast-forward it to the half the place the identify was known as out and the subsequent minute I see ‘Cassandra Hughes’ and I could not breathe.
“My physique was shaking, it was probably the most insane feeling on the planet.”
She instantly phoned her mother and father to share her disbelief and unbelievable information.
She stated: “I bought them to observe the video and so they known as me again and we had been all simply screaming, it was loopy.
“For my mother and father, it has been such a monetary wrestle for them over the previous few years. They’ve labored all their lives and so they’re one of the best individuals ever.
“So it simply means absolutely the world to me that I can assist them out now. It is actually emotional, I am simply so joyful that I might help them in addition to get myself prepared for going ahead.”
Now Cassie, who lives in Perrystown in Dublin, and Keith are set to offer €10,000 to the charity which prompted her to participate within the raffle within the first place.
Cassie “Clearly, I by no means in one million years thought I’d win however the truth that it was additionally to lift cash for Pieta Home and psychological well being, one thing very near my coronary heart, that was my principal cause for getting a ticket.
“I believed properly, I am by no means going to win it however at the least I am throwing a bit of cash in the direction of charity.
“Clearly you wish to win however you by no means suppose it’ll occur. I enter little competitions however have by no means received one in my life. I simply cannot consider it.”
Keith stated it’s “heartwarming” realizing that his raffle has modified somebody’s life eternally.
Talking to Dublin Reside final week, he stated: “From the outset, that was one of many issues that we actually needed to do; have a constructive influence on somebody’s life for the remainder of their life.
“Getting a lump sum of €320,000 goes to vary that particular person’s life for the higher eternally. They might by no means must have a mortgage, they may by no means must pay lease once more and so they’re arrange in the event that they wish to begin a household.