A lucky but patient Dublin man was sitting in the Winner’s Room of the National Lottery today holding a cheque for €500,000 after waiting for three weeks to claim his EuroMillions prize.
The amateur photography enthusiast purposely sat on the news for almost three weeks after winning the top prize of €500,000 from the EuroMillions Plus draw from Friday 27th October to give himself time to get good financial advice.
Sitting in the Winner’s Room at Lottery HQ on Abbey Street, with his wife and brother he said: “I found out about the win the night of the draw and I was surprisingly calm about it. I only told two people, my wife and my brother the next day. I wanted to make sure I got the right advice financially as I’ve never had anything near this huge sum of money in my life. I I want this to make a real difference to our lives in the best possible way.”
The Dubliner is a passionate amateur keen photographer whether it is roaming about in the nature of the Phoenix Park, Dublin or taking snaps of fans and players at the games of his local League of Ireland club. It was obvious what his first major purchase was going to be:
“As soon as I get to the bank with this cheque, I’m going to head straight to the shops and get myself a new camera. I’ve been wanting a Canon EOS 6D Mark II camera so this is going to be my little treat!” he said gleefully.
He also said that his house is in need of a few improvements and he’ll start by getting a new kitchen and by tackling the garden – something he has put on the long finger for years! Finally, he wants to bring his wife to see Paris after Christmas and promises this is the first of many holidays they will go on.
He bought his winning ticket was sold in the Centra shop on Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10. His lucky numbers were 02, 03, 17, 49 and 50.
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