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Taxi driver Martin Burke makes Lotto history after winning €1m on RTE show

Published 23/04/2015 | 17:26

Martin Burke from Naas, Co. Kildare has won €1,018,000 on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 25th April 2015. Pictured at the presentation of prizes are from left to right; Gina Burke, Martin’s wife; Martin Burke, Martin’s son & guest support on the show. Martin Burke, the winning player and Kathleen Burke, Martin’s wife
Martin Burke from Naas, Co. Kildare has won €1,018,000 on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 25th April 2015. Pictured at the presentation of prizes are from left to right; Gina Burke, Martin’s wife; Martin Burke, Martin’s son & guest support on the show. Martin Burke, the winning player and Kathleen Burke, Martin’s wife
Martin Burke from Naas, Co. Kildare has won €1,018,000 on the Nationa Pic: Mac Innes Photography
Martin Burke from Naas, Co. Kildare has won €1,018,000 on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 25th April 2015. Pictured here (right) Martin Burke, the winning player; Martin Burke (centre), Martin’s son & guest support on the show and (left) The Million Euro Challenge Host Nicky Byrne.
Pictured at the presentation of prizes are Declan Harrington (2nd from left) Head of Finance, The National Lottery pictured here presenting Martin (centre left) with his winning cheque with from left: Fidelma Burke, (sister); James Burke (son); Million Euro Challenge host, Nicky Byrne; Martin’s wife Kathleen; James Burke (son); Aedamar Rush; Martin Burke who joined him on the show as guest support and his wife Gina Burke. Pic: Mac Innes Photography

A taxi driver has made Lotto history after scooping more than €1 million on an RTE gameshow.

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Martin (54) took home a record €1,018,000 on 'The Million Euro Challenge'.

Martin Burke from Naas, Co. Kildare has won €1,018,000 on the Nationa Pic: Mac Innes Photography
Martin Burke from Naas, Co. Kildare has won €1,018,000 on the Nationa Pic: Mac Innes Photography

The show will be broadcast on RTE One tomorrow night.

Ireland's latest millionaire reckons that he foretold his good fortune in a poem he wrote last month.

Burke took-up poetry writing in the last year and wrote a poem in March about appearing on a National Lottery game show and winning €1 million.

Read more here: Nicky Byrne: 'The Million Euro Challenge' confusing? Not for me or my kids'  

Martin Burke from Naas, Co. Kildare has won €1,018,000 on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 25th April 2015. Pictured here (right) Martin Burke, the winning player; Martin Burke (centre), Martin’s son & guest support on the show and (left) The Million Euro Challenge Host Nicky Byrne.
Martin Burke from Naas, Co. Kildare has won €1,018,000 on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 25th April 2015. Pictured here (right) Martin Burke, the winning player; Martin Burke (centre), Martin’s son & guest support on the show and (left) The Million Euro Challenge Host Nicky Byrne.

Just two weeks later, Burke got three-stars on a Million Euro Challenge Scratch Card, sent it in to the National Lottery and was chosen to appear on the show. He left the the RTE studios during the latest filming session of the show with a whopping €1,018,000 in his pocket.

Known to his friends as Archie, Martin Burke has been a taxi driver in the Naas area, Co Kildare, for 15 years.

He has four children with his wife of 36 years, Kathleen. The couple have six grandchildren. He said he's set to share his winnings with his family.

'The Million Euro Challenge' host, Nicky Byrne, said he was delighted with Martin's win.

Pictured at the presentation of prizes are Declan Harrington (2nd from left) Head of Finance, The National Lottery pictured here presenting Martin (centre left) with his winning cheque with from left: Fidelma Burke, (sister); James Burke (son); Million Euro Challenge host, Nicky Byrne; Martin’s wife Kathleen; James Burke (son); Aedamar Rush; Martin Burke who joined him on the show as guest support and his wife Gina Burke. Pic: Mac Innes Photography
Pictured at the presentation of prizes are Declan Harrington (2nd from left) Head of Finance, The National Lottery pictured here presenting Martin (centre left) with his winning cheque with from left: Fidelma Burke, (sister); James Burke (son); Million Euro Challenge host, Nicky Byrne; Martin’s wife Kathleen; James Burke (son); Aedamar Rush; Martin Burke who joined him on the show as guest support and his wife Gina Burke. Pic: Mac Innes Photography

"I'm delighted that Martin won the jackpot on Million Euro Challenge. This is what we've been building to since the beginning of the series and I'm thrilled to be part of such an exciting experience," he said after the show.

Read more here: Lottery chiefs stand by Nicky Byrne's new show  

The Nicky Byrne-fronted lotto game show recently replaced long-time favourite Winning Streak on RTE One Saturday nights, much to the dismay of many viewers.

But, despite its bumpy start in the ratings, the show could expect a surge in fans after it's crowned its first millionaire.

More than €2.7 million has been won by players since the game show began in January of this year.

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