Farmer collects €500,000 Euromillions win, after keeping ticket in his pocket for 3 months

The farmer had kept the winning ticket in his pocket for 83 days.
The farmer had kept the winning ticket in his pocket for 83 days.
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

They say good things come to do those who wait and that was certainly evident in National Lottery offices this morning as a Co. Clare farmer finally claimed his EuroMillions Plus win of €500,000 from June, a full 83 days after the draw.

“I knew straight away that I had won but I wanted to keep my head down and let the excitement die down before collecting it,” said the lucky farmer who was undaunted by his mega win.

The winning combination play ticket was sold on the day of the draw at Paul Hogan’s Service Station on the Gort Road in Ennis, Co. Clare.

The lucky Clare man was in no rush to collect his €500,000 prize and he cunningly planned to claim his prize on the last hour of the prize deadline on September 11.

“The ticket’s been in my jacket pocket for the past three months, I haven’t let it out of my sight since the draw. I was in no hurry to collect my cheque and I considered leaving it until the last day until I heard the local radio station (Clare FM) urging people to check their tickets.”

The relaxed Clare native said that he won’t be rushed into making plans to spend his prizemoney.

“We’ll enjoy the week with a few celebratory drinks. It’s a huge amount of money to win and I have no real plan for it. I might look at upgrading some of the farm machinery in the next few weeks but that’ll be it for the time being,” he said.

Another Munster winner through the doors of the National Lottery winners’ room included a lucky Cork man who won the €219,204 Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize from Saturday, August 26.

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The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at SuperValu on New Road in Kinsale, Co. Cork.

Meanwhile, time is running out for the Co. Kerry winner of the Lotto Plus 2 top prize of €250,000 from Saturday, June 17.

The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at the Supervalu store on Railway Road in Kenmare, Co. Kerry. The claim deadline for the winner of this prize is Friday, September 15.

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