Cassie Hughes was about to maneuver in together 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 without end
A younger girl who put her automotive up on the market in a bid to assist with monetary struggles gained a raffle prize price over £266,500 simply hours after she posted the advert.
Cassie Hughes, 29, was resulting from transfer again in together with her mother and father to save cash when she gained the life-saving prize on Wednesday, February 16.
Cassie, from Dublin, had solely purchased one ticket for the charity raffle in help 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 have 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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Chatting withCassie stated: “Throughout the day, I noticed it on 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 depart that’.
“In a while within the evening, I really forgot in regards to the draw and I used to be on a Facetime name with my pal. We have been simply chatting away then an electronic mail notification popped up and stated in capital letters ‘YOU’VE WON’.
“I began leaping up and down on my mattress and my pal was asking what was occurring and I simply saved 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 have 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 gained over €300,000.
“I used to be freaking out however I additionally wished to remain calm as a result of there’s so many scammers on the market.
“I went onto their Instagram then and seemed 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 referred to as out and the following minute I see ‘Cassandra Hughes’ and I could not breathe.
“My physique was shaking, it was probably the most insane feeling on this planet.”
She instantly phoned her mother and father to share her disbelief and unbelievable information.
She stated: “I acquired them to observe the video and so they referred to as me again and we have been all simply screaming, it was loopy.
“For my mother and father, it has been such a monetary battle for them over the previous few years. They’ve labored all their lives and so they’re the most effective individuals ever.
“So it simply means absolutely the world to me that I will assist them out now. It is actually emotional, I am simply so glad that I may also 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 might win however the truth that it was additionally to boost cash for Pieta Home and psychological well being, one thing very near my coronary heart, that was my essential purpose 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 direction of charity.
“Clearly you need to win however you by no means assume it is going to occur. I enter little competitions however have by no means gained one in my life. I simply can’t imagine it.”
Keith stated it’s “heartwarming” realizing that his raffle has modified somebody’s life without end.
Chatting withhe stated: “From the outset, that was one of many issues that we actually wished to do; have a optimistic influence on somebody’s life for the remainder of their life.
“Getting a lump sum of €320,000 goes to alter that individual’s life for the higher without end. They could by no means have to have a mortgage, they are going to by no means should pay hire once more and so they’re arrange in the event that they need to begin a household.