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Not every player claims their lottery winnings within hours or days of them being won. A farmer from Co. Clare in Ireland has come forward to claim his €500,000 EuroMillions Plus win 83 days after the draw in June but in his mind, still claimed it early.

Sometimes when a player takes a while to claim their windfall, it’s simply because they had no idea they had won anything. That was the case with a woman from Maryland, USA, who kept a $775,000 winning Multi-Match ticket in her purse unchecked. Andrew Norberg from Connecticut, USA, was new to playing lottery games and he didn’t have a clue he’d won a $1m Powerball prize until someone saw his ticket. Paul Matson from California, USA, kept a $671,089 winning Powerball ticket in his draw for two and a half months before claiming his winnings. It took less than 24 hours for Mavis Wanczyk from Massachusetts, USA, to get her hands on the $758.7m Powerball jackpot win won last month.

Not this EuroMillions winner though who says he knew straight away that he had won €500,000. “I wanted to keep my head down and let the excitement die down before collecting it,” said the lucky farmer.

His winning EuroMillions ticket was due to expire on September 11 and the delighted winner cunningly planned to claim his winnings just an hour before its expiry date. He kept his winning ticket in his jacket pocket for the past three months but he changed his mind on when to come forward after hearing a radio appeal on his local Clare FM radio station. Debra Newman from Minnesota, USA, left it to the day before her $50,000 Powerball winning ticket was due to expire to finally come forward.

His winning EuroMillions ticket was purchased on the day of the draw from Paul Hogan’s Service Station on the Gort Road in Ennis, Co. Clare. Now that he has finally come forward and claimed his EuroMillions prize, he says he won’t be rushed into making any plans on how to spend it.

“We’ll enjoy the week with a few celebratory drinks. It’s a huge amount of money to win and I have no real plan for it. I might look at upgrading some of the farm machinery in the next few weeks but that’ll be it for the time being,” he said.

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