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Monday 23 July 2018

Irish punter is €39m better off after ticket scoops EuroMillions

Priest bought his ticket from Donnybrook Fair in Malahide
Priest bought his ticket from Donnybrook Fair in Malahide

An Irish EuroMillions ticket scooped last night's €38.9m jackpot.

"We don't know where in Ireland the winning ticket was sold or when," said a National Lottery spokesperson.

"The Irish are having tremendous luck - this is the third EuroMillions jackpot winner in Ireland this year.

"There have also been 31 winners in Ireland this year of the EuroMillions plus prizes, which are €500,000 each."

Priest

One of those winners was an Irish priest home for Christmas.

The retired cleric, originally from Mayo but based in Florida, collected his prize from the National Lottery offices in Dublin after buying a Quick Pick ticket in Donnybrook Fair, Malahide, on December 22.

He joked that God must be listening to his prayers as he previously won IR£15,000 on the Irish Sweepstakes and $3,000 and $5,000 over the years in lotteries in the States.

He pledged to share his winnings with those in need.

"You can say I'm lucky, but I've always had a policy of sharing my luck," the priest said.

"That's something that my late mother taught me, and something that was also drummed into me when I was a young priest by a bishop.

"I'm a big believer that what goes around comes around.

"This is a huge amount of money, and I look forward to giving some back.

"I went back to the shop and gave the ticket to the same girl I'd purchased it from to be checked. Lo and behold, there was a message on the system to contact the National Lottery!"

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