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Thursday 24 July 2014

Father-of-four claims €500,000 Scratch Card prize a few months after he considered selling his house to pay off debt

Published 07/07/2014|14:47

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A very lucky Dublin man has claimed the largest Scratch Card prize in Ireland this morning.

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The lucky father-of-four - who bought his ticket at the Applegreen service station on the M1 at Lusk, Co. Dublin last Friday (4 July 2014) - only bought the ticket as an extra gamble when he was doing the Euromillions.

He decided to buy a Scratch Card as well and that decision earned him €500,000.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous said: “I’d been lucky a few weeks ago on a Scratch Card when I’d won €1,000, so I thought I’d try my luck again with the same one."

"I scratched it right away and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw €50,000. I took it home and showed it to my wife and she pointed out that it was €500,000, not €50,000!” said the delighted winner.

He won the big prize a €20 Scratch Card, ‘All Cash Extravaganza’. 

“My daughter said, are you sure that’s not a dud dad?!” he said.

Speaking of his plans for the winnings, he said,

“This means so much as it really brings peace of mind for me and my family. I nearly sold our home a few months ago, and now I can pay off the mortgage and credit cards."

"One of the kids was looking at having to go away for work, and now I’m able to help them out so they can stay at home.

The winner says he has his passport application filled out and ready to go.

"The wife is already planning the holiday. I haven’t been on one for years and my passport had expired. I’ve the passport application all filled out and ready to go,” he said.

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