Shane Philip Maher from Limerick in Ireland won €500,000 in the July 10 EuroMillions draw but he insists that health is a lot more important to him than money.
The 48-year-old won his €500,000 EuroMillions prize after purchasing a quick pick ticket for the draw from the Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick. He didn’t check the EuroMillions results on the night of the July 10 draw. In fact, it wasn’t until the following week that he returned to the Crescent Shopping Centre to find out if his ticket was worth anything. He scanned his ticket and was shocked to see that the machine read: “Winning Ticket, Please Contact Headquarters”.
The surprised EuroMillions winner asked one of his friends to call Lottery Headquarters and was thrilled to discover he had won €500,000. He’s been a gambler for most of his life and loves betting on the horses. He had his first big win at the age of 19 winning IR£1,400 at the age of 19.
He had to travel up to Dublin to receive his EuroMillions winner’s cheque at Lottery Headquarters but was late after missing his train. The recent €17m EuroMillions jackpot winners from Thurles, Ireland, didn’t have that problem as they hired a coach to get them to Dublin.
Speaking about his EuroMillions win, he commented: “I’m as cool as a cucumber. What can I say, I don’t get overly excited about money, the most important thing for me is my health.” He added that “Money is no good to you without your health” and said he’d had some recent problems with his knee.
The EuroMillions winner has also had mental health problems and said: “Money was the easiest thing I ever came by in my life. Learning patience was the hardest.” Robert Lundstedt from Massachusetts, USA, had to learn patience after waiting 26 years before winning $900,000 playing the Mass Cash game. Irish woman Susan Grace waited 11 years before a €50,000 National Lottery scratchcard win.
Shane is a suicide awareness campaigner and works for CAS – Campaign Against Suicide. He plans to use some of his EuroMillions winnings to invest in property with his two other business partners. In Canada, Rachel LaPierre said she’d give her $1,000 a week win in the “Gagnant a vie!” lottery to charity.
The winner of a $15m Oz Lotto jackpot said he wanted to open an animal refuge with some of his winnings.
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