An Irish EuroMillions Plus winner who claimed his €500,000 prize two months after the draw date was “certainly in no rush” to collect his prize, according to National Lottery officials.
According to National Lottery officials in Ireland, the big winner “coolly sauntered” in the National Lottery offices in Dublin this Monday to present his winning ticket to EuroMillions officials. A Powerball winner from Michigan in the USA also took two months to claim his $1 million Powerball prize. The EuroMillions Plus winner, who decided to keep his identity a secret after claiming his prize, told lottery officials that he actually didn’t realise he’d won until he happened to return to the same store where he’d originally bought his ticket. Another lottery player with the same attitude was a Pennsylvania Powerball winner who was “in no rush” to start spending his $2 million prize, just like a National Lottery scratch card winner from Ashton in England, who was in no rush to scratch off his card after buying it.
The lucky player told lottery officials that he went into the shop a few days after the draw took place and saw signs that a Lotto player had won a EuroMillions Plus prize, and thought to himself, “there’s a big chance all this fuss is for me.” The winner continued, “I was back in the shop and the place was full of posters and balloons to celebrate the big win.” A man from Workington in England found out about his £1 million UK Lotto prize in a shop full of people.
The lucky EuroMillions Plus player continued to say that when he checked the lottery numbers against his ticket on his phone, “it felt as if my life would be changed forever,” just like a woman from Illinois who won $500 a week for the rest of her life on a scratchcard. The mystery man, who is from Cavan, explained that he then needed to take a couple of months to claim the prize to straighten his head out.
“My head has been spinning for the last two months,” he said, continuing, “despite being constantly paranoid about keeping this half a million EuroMillions Plus ticket safe, taking the time out before I claimed has been a real blessing for me.”
Now, the EuroMillions Plus winner said he has made some decisions which will make his life easier over the next few years. He has also done some research on local charities, so that he can use his fortune to give back to the local community.
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