'I'll swap our winter for the Caribbean' - €1m winner
Dublin's newest millionaire is ready to make a splash with his winnings after revealing he intends to spend half of his year in the Caribbean.
The unnamed pensioner was unveiled yesterday as the lucky punter who scooped the massive prize in last Friday's EuroMillions Ireland Only Raffle.
The man, who bought a Quick Pick ticket at the CostCutter Store in Windy Arbour, Dundrum, last Thursday, won the top prize of €1m to mark St Patrick's weekend.
He said that becoming an instant millionaire means he can fulfil a dream he always had to spend Irish winters in a sunny climate and plans to spend a lot of time in the Caribbean.
"I hadn't a notion that I'd won it," said the delighted winner, who has chosen to remain anonymous.
"I checked my tickets in my local store over the weekend and the shopkeeper told me I won something but I didn't know what.
"I was delighted when I learned I had won.
"It's massive news to take in, so I will take some time out to consider what this win will do for me and my family."
One thing he is definitely set on is packing his suitcase and enjoying life in the sun.
"One thing's for sure, I'll be enjoying time in a sunnier climate," he said.
"I've always dreamed of living on one of the islands in the Caribbean, but my actual pension didn't stretch that far.
"The €1m win on the lottery now means that I can escape Irish winters here and live the dream."
Another man was over the moon after scooping €50,000 on an All Cash Platinum scratch card from a Price Cutter store in Skerries.