Tuesday 18 December 2018

Priest scoops €500,000 on Malahide-purchased ticket

A Florida-based Irish priest had half a million reasons to be grateful when he scooped a €500,000 Euormillions Plus prize after purchasing a quick pick ticket in Malahide.

The retired cleric claimed his prize won on a quick pick ticket purchased in Donnybrook Fair on December 22.

The lucky priest joked that God must be listening to his prayers, as this is not his first lottery win. He revealed he at one time won £15,000 Irish pounds on the old Irish Sweepstakes (which was replaced by the national Lottery 30 years ago). And he also won amounts of $3,000 and $5,000 over the years in lotteries in the USA.

But he pledged that he will share his winnings with those in need, saying: 'I suppose you can say I am lucky. But I have always had a policy of sharing my luck around. That is something that my late Mother taught me, and something that was also drummed into me when I was a young priest by a Bishop. I am a big believer that what goes around comes around. This is a huge amount of money and I look forward to giving some back.'

The priest heard last Saturday that one of the two winning tickets was purchased in Malahide. He said: 'I went back to the shop and gave the ticket to the same girl I had purchased it from to be checked. Lo and behold there was a message on the system to contact the National Lottery! So I knew at that stage I had won.'

Fingal Independent