The winner of a €4.4m Irish Lotto jackpot won in the January 13 draw has finally come forward to claim their winnings. The lucky player comes from Donegal in Ireland and it seems his winning ticket is a very well-travelled one.
It appears the Irish Lotto jackpot winner contacted the National Lottery on January 30 after several appeals had been made for the Irish Lotto winner to come forward. Now they have collected their winning Irish Lotto cheque but asked to remain anonymous, just like the recent €9.4m Irish Lotto winner.
The lucky Irish Lotto winner revealed that his winning ticket had been kept in the glove box of their car for the past four and a half weeks but then were put in a safe place at home once he’d finished work. “That piece of paper has clocked up for mileage over the past month,” the winner said. In the USA, a $191.1m winning Powerball ticket was taken up in a helicopter by its Louisiana owner.
His winning Irish Lotto ticket was purchased from Daley’s Topaz on the Letterkenny Road in Lifford. The winning numbers in the January 13 Irish Lotto draw were 01-02-07-33-34-40, with Bonus Number 6.
It was the Sunday after the Irish Lotto draw that the Donegal native heard on the radio that the jackpot had been won, but at that stage didn’t know where the winning ticket had been sold. Then he saw a sign at Daley’s Topaz announcing they’d sold the winning Irish Lotto ticket and immediately he thought the winner might be him. “When I checked the numbers, I was bowled over.”
Despite being an Irish Lotto millionaire, the jackpot winner insists that his new-found fortune “would not change me one single bit”. That’s like Englishman Ken Wedgeworth who said, “I am still the Ken everyone knows,” a year after winning £1,055,923 playing EuroMillions.
The Irish Lotto winner says that he has no plans to take time off work to celebrate his big win. He took the day off to go and collect his Irish Lotto cheque in Dublin but said he’d be back at work first thing in the morning. A factory worker from Cork in Ireland won a €257,084 EuroMillions prize, collected the cheque and then went back to work.
So far, he’s only told family members about his Irish Lotto win. Plans so far include making a number of donations to charities that are close to his heart.
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