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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Taxi driver Martin Burke makes Lotto history after winning €1m on RTE show

Martin Burke from Naas, Co. Kildare has won €1,018,000 on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 25th April 2015. Pictured at the presentation of prizes are from left to right; Gina Burke, Martin’s wife; Martin Burke, Martin’s son & guest support on the show. Martin Burke, the winning player and Kathleen Burke, Martin’s wife
Martin Burke from Naas, Co. Kildare has won €1,018,000 on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 25th April 2015. Pictured at the presentation of prizes are from left to right; Gina Burke, Martin’s wife; Martin Burke, Martin’s son & guest support on the show. Martin Burke, the winning player and Kathleen Burke, Martin’s wife
Martin Burke from Naas, Co. Kildare has won €1,018,000 on the Nationa Pic: Mac Innes Photography

A taxi driver has made Lotto history after scooping more than €1 million on an RTE gameshow.

Martin (54) took home a record €1,018,000 on 'The Million Euro Challenge'.

The show will be broadcast on RTE One tomorrow night.

Ireland's latest millionaire reckons that he foretold his good fortune in a poem he wrote last month.

Burke took-up poetry writing in the last year and wrote a poem in March about appearing on a National Lottery game show and winning €1 million.

Just two weeks later, Burke got three-stars on a Million Euro Challenge Scratch Card, sent it in to the National Lottery and was chosen to appear on the show. He left the the RTE studios during the latest filming session of the show with a whopping €1,018,000 in his pocket.

Known to his friends as Archie, Martin Burke has been a taxi driver in the Naas area, Co Kildare, for 15 years.

He has four children with his wife of 36 years, Kathleen. The couple have six grandchildren. He said he's set to share his winnings with his family.

'The Million Euro Challenge' host, Nicky Byrne, said he was delighted with Martin's win.

"I'm delighted that Martin won the jackpot on Million Euro Challenge. This is what we've been building to since the beginning of the series and I'm thrilled to be part of such an exciting experience," he said after the show.

The Nicky Byrne-fronted lotto game show recently replaced long-time favourite Winning Streak on RTE One Saturday nights, much to the dismay of many viewers.

But, despite its bumpy start in the ratings, the show could expect a surge in fans after it's crowned its first millionaire.

More than €2.7 million has been won by players since the game show began in January of this year.

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