A Munster bachelor claiming to be Ireland’s luckiest man has paid his third visit in 13 years to the coveted National Lottery Winners room today.
The delighted player, who left the building with a cheque for almost €20,000, joked with National Lottery staff: “You will be getting sick of me. Hope to see you again soon!”
The gob-smacked football fan said he always believed he would get back to the Winners Room – despite previous luck which saw him win €300,000 on Lotto Plus 1 in 2004 and €500,000 as part of a Lotto syndicate in 2006.
“I always play EuroMillions and I bought my ticket as normal for the EuroMillions Draw on May 30th. I really couldn’t believe it when I saw 5 numbers came up! I know it’s not a life-changing amount, but it is still nice and will allow me to do some things.”
The winner said his previous big wins did not change him or his lifestyle in any dramatic way. “I paid for my house and I was able to help out the family which was great. I also got to do lots of travel, something I hadn’t had an opportunity to do up to then. I have had a good time.”
The player, who did not want to go public, is working in Munster. “I don’t know yet how I will spend this win but first I will go for a pint in Dublin and take a few days off. This win shows that lightning can strike not once, not twice, but three times!”
He added: “I am not ruling out winning again. I have already bought my EuroMillions ticket for tonight. The Jackpot is worth €60 million so hope to see you again in the morning!”
A close friend who accompanied him to the winner’s room said he was a wonderful person and his good fortune had not changed him. “He is the same person. But it is unbelievable that he has won three times. When he called me to tell me I thought he was kidding. What are the chances of this happening anyone? I am thrilled for him it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.”
The winning EuroMillions Match 5 ticket worth €19,912 was purchased in Supervalu on Main St, Ballincollig, Cork.
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