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Lucky for some: mistake leads to €13m payout

Published 13/09/2013 | 04:00

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Dolores McNamara holding up her €115m cheque

IT'S a mistake we would all be happy to make.

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Our latest EuroMillions winner has revealed he ticked the wrong number when filling out his slip.

The man, who is remaining anonymous, picked up his jackpot win of nearly €13m from National Lottery headquarters in Dublin yesterday.

The regular player, who becomes Ireland's fifth EuroMillions jackpot winner since the game began here in 2004, revealed he ticked number 32 on his playslip by mistake while filling out his own numbers.

"I wouldn't mind making a few more of those mistakes," he said.

The winner, who is from the south east of the country, shared Friday's €25.6m jackpot with a player in Spain.

The National Lottery – which will release the details of where the winning ticket was sold early today – said the windfall makes him richer than One Direction's Niall Horan, Hollywood starlet Saoirse Ronan and Jedward put together.

"It's a dream come true," he said.

"I'm still getting used to saying 'I'm a millionaire'. But you know what, I'm a multi-millionaire. It sure sounds good."

"I'll definitely invest it wisely. I want to be sure I can take care of my family for many years to come."

Ireland's biggest EuroMillions winner was Limerick woman Dolores McNamara who scooped €115m in 2005.

Irish Independent

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