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Farmer claims €1m Lotto prize after leaving winning ticket in his unlocked car overnight

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A West of Ireland farmer has become the latest lottery millionaire.

The delighted farmer won €1m million in the Daily Million game on Monday night and claimed his prize at National Lottery Headquarters this morning.

The married man, who wishes to remain anonymous and is from the Claremorris area of Co Mayo, bought his €1.50 quick pick ticket for the Daily Million Draw on Monday in Centra, Balla, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

"Yesterday I heard that a winning ticket was sold in Balla, where I bought my Daily Million ticket. The ticket had been laying in the car since Monday, which was unlocked. So I looked the numbers up on the Lottery website and then went out to the car to get the ticket. When I saw the first number, I just knew – I was delighted,” he smiled.

"It’s an amazing feeling when your six numbers match up. I can’t describe it – it’s like a dream!” he said.

The winner plans to put the cheque in the bank and think about how he will spend his winnings.

“There’ll be a few things – holidays, maybe a new car, and we’ll put the kids through their education,” the winner said.

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