The Irish EuroMillions winner of €1 million thanks to the Ireland Only raffle has been revealed as a retired local who plans to fulfil a lifelong dream.
The lucky pensioner, who wished to keep his full identity private, came forward this week as the winner of €1 million in the St Patrick’s Day EuroMillions drawing, from which we reported that there was one lucky winner of the Ireland Only raffle. The winner bought his ticket as a Quick Pick selection from a Costcutter store in Windy Arbour in Dundrum and said that he had no idea he was the local winner.
“I hadn’t a notion that I’d won it!” the winner said, “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.” A retired plumber from Northern Ireland also had no idea he’d won on the EuroMillions when he found his winning ticket in his coat.
The lucky EuroMillions winner said that he was delighted to learn that he was the sole winner of the Ireland Only raffle’s top €1 million prize. Now, he plans to use his advantageous financial position to fulfil a dream he’s always had, to spend the cold Irish winters in a sunnier climate, namely the Caribbean. A Keno lottery winner from Maryland this year declared that he’d be off to the Caribbean thanks to his $12,510 win, while a recent survey showed that 47.5% of National Lottery and EuroMillions winners in the UK head to the famous islands after their numbers come up.
“It’s massive news to take in, so will take some time out to consider what this win will do for me and my family,” he told EuroMillions officials. “One thing is for sure, I will be enjoying time in a sunnier climate,” he said, explaining that he’ll be able to spend at least six months of the year abroad. A scratch card winner from Ontario in Canada was able to fulfil a life-long dream and travel to Europe after winning $100,000.
“I have always dreamed of living on one of the island in the Caribbean, but my actual pension did not stretch that far,” the Dubliner added. “The €1 million win means that I can escape Irish winters here and live the dream!”
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