A €250,000 lotto win helped two Monaghan supporters to get over the disappointment of last Saturday's heavy All-Ireland SFC quarter-final loss to Dublin.
The lucky husband-and-wife, whose identity hasn't been made public, bought the Lotto Plus 2 Quick Pick ticket at the XL Store in Carrickmacross en route to the game in Croke Park.
The delighted man explained to the Irish Daily Mirror: "We were on the way to see the big match and stopped off in the shop to get a few bits and pieces for the journey. I occasionally buy a Lotto ticket and thought I'd chance my arm as the jackpot was over €6 million. With the disappointment of the football result, we didn't give a second thought to the Lotto ticket which was thrown on the kitchen window sill.
"I was flicking through my phone when I saw on the news that there had been a Lotto winner in the shop we bought our ticket in. I frantically kept calling the wife to see where the ticket, was but she didn't answer!
"She finally called me back and told me where the ticket was and I couldn't believe it when I saw we had winning numbers. But she point blank refused to believe that we had just won a quarter of a million quid!"