While the rest of the country may have been suffering the post-holiday blues after returning to work, some lucky winners of the National Lottery Christmas Raffle were extending their New Year’s celebrations as they collected their prizes at National Lottery headquarters in Dublin.
In total, there were 3,176 prize winners in the National Lottery Christmas Millionaire Raffle ranging from €500 to €1 million.
One of the winners of the €100,000 Millionaire Raffle prize was Shane Malone (pictured) from Ballymun in Dublin. The Dubliner who coincidentally celebrates his birthday today was joined in the National Lottery winners’ room by his girlfriend, Emma.
"I still cannot believe I have won," said the delighted winner.
"I was sitting at home on Sunday evening and I remembered to check my raffle ticket from the previous night. I scanned it on the National Lottery App and I was absolutely shocked when I saw the €100,000 prize flashing up. I had to keep rechecking the ticket on the website to make sure I hadn’t made a mistake," he said.
"We are going on holidays together in a few weeks so at least we will have some pocket money!" he quipped.
"We want to buy a house together in the near future so this money will go some way to making that dream come through", he added.
Another winner was a delighted Dublin student who also won one of the four €100,000 prizes on offer.
The winner who wishes to keep his win private, purchased his ticket at the Spar shop on Abbey Street, Dublin 1 on 06 December.
"The timing of this win couldn’t be any better," gasped the thrilled student. "I have just recently graduated from college and I am still looking for a job. I looked at my bank account after the holidays and I had .60 cent left after all of my spending over Christmas!’.
The young man who collected the cheque spoke of his plans for his €100,000 windfall, "I want to get a car but I just failed my driving test so I will have to wait for a while yet before I get one. I’m going to surprise my girlfriend and my family with a short holiday next week to celebrate properly".
The Christmas Millionaire top prize winning ticket of €1 million was ticket number 179740. The lucky ticket was purchased at the Topaz Service Station on Lower Tivoli Road in Cork on 21 December 2016.
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