A RYANAIR passenger won a life-changing £84,000 after buying a £2 charity scratch card while on a flight.
Lara Mereacre purchased the card while travelling to Portugal to donate to a range of charities across Europe.
The mum-of-two moved to Liverpool from Portugal, and had been travelling home with her children and husband.
Laura and her family visited Ryanair’s HQ in Dublin to play for the chance of winning £1million and ended up cashing out £84k.
The young mum is hoping to spend her winnings on opening a bakery of her own, which has been a lifelong dream.
Laura said: "This has been an amazing experience that I’m delighted to be a part of.
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"Words can’t describe how lucky and blessed I feel by this amazing opportunity.
"When I purchased this scratch card on a Ryanair flight to Portugal, I never imagined myself as the lucky winner of £84,000.
"I’m looking forward to celebrating my winnings with my family who is here with me today, my friends back home and paying off my mortgage.
"Who knows, I may even open my own bakery one day – a huge passion of mine.
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"I’m very proud to have supported Ryanair, who in turn support the great work of so many charities, including the UK’s Naomi House & Jacksplace, who work with life-limited and life-threatened children and young adults, as well as with their families.”
Ryanair’s Director of Marketing, Dara Brady added: “We were thrilled to welcome Laura and her family to Ireland and having walked away with €100K – Ireland truly is the land of a thousand welcomes!
“The atmosphere was electric – Laura had everyone gripped as she played for the big £1m prize.
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“Through the sale of our scratch cards – which to date has generated over €10m – Ryanair has continuously supported incredible causes across Europe.
“Every year our generous customers purchase Ryanair scratch cards with the aim of giving back – so make sure to grab a scratch card on your next Ryanair flight, and be in for the chance to win €1m.”
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