Sunday 18 February 2018

Modest EuroMillions winner collects €257,084 fortune - and then heads straight for night shift at work

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Kathy Armstrong

A modest EuroMillions winner insists his new €257,084 fortune won't change him and he will return to work just hours after collecting the loot.

The West Cork punter, who has not been named, collected the life-changing amount at the National Lottery's Dublin headquarters today but the champagne may have been put on ice as he is working tonight.

While many of us have lavish ideas about how we would celebrate winning the EuroMillions, the bachelor said he had to dash back to the Rebel county as his shift in a local factory starts at 4pm.

He explained: "I asked my sister to come up with me this morning on the train. I knew it would be an early start but she was only too willing!

"We have to dash now to Heuston Station to catch our return train as my shift starts at four this afternoon!"

The sports-mad man won the money in the EuroMillions Match 5 Plus lucky star draw on August 4 after buying his ticket at Eason's in Wilton Shopping Centre in Cork and he says he won't let his good luck go to his head.

He said: "I have my feet firmly on the ground, even if the win hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

"I always have – I have the same friends now that I had in school and lead a modest life, so there’s no chance the money will change me."

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The winner said he is only going to share his good news with his mother and siblings, who already have some ideas for how he could splash his cash.

He said: "I will probably put a lump of it into getting a house of my own, a new set of golf clubs and after that, I don’t know.

"She (his sister) wants me to invest in a racehorse, but that’s certainly not going to happen."

Tonight’s EuroMillions jackpot is an estimated €35 million. Play in store, on the National Lottery App or online for your chance to win.

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