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Munster Man Wins €6.5 Million Irish Lotto Jackpot With Last-Minute Ticket

Last Updated: Wednesday 12th December 2018, 11:10 am

A man from Munster has revealed that he only entered Saturday’s Irish Lotto draw right before the cut-off time, buying a ticket which turned out to be worth €6.5 million. He is now looking forward to having a wonderful Christmas and beyond with his family.

The lucky player matched the numbers 9, 15, 17, 24, 41 and 43 after buying a ticket online. He quickly got in touch with National Lottery officials and came forward on Tuesday to claim his seven-figure jackpot.

Recalling his decision to take part at the last minute, the man, who has decided to stay anonymous, said: “I only recently began playing Lotto online as I was always forgetting to get my ticket in the shops. I opened the National Lottery App just half an hour before Saturday’s Lotto Draw and saw that there was only €3 in my account so I topped up, selected a Quick Pick and thought nothing else of it.”

Plans For The Money

The winner read on Sunday morning that an online player had won the jackpot, but he did not check the results until later that night and was shocked to see it was him. He is still coming to terms with the news but realises just what a massive difference the money will make to his family for years to come.

“You never actually think it’s going to be you,” he said. “I’m staring at this cheque with all these zeroes on it and I still cannot believe it. I checked my numbers when I saw the email come through and even at that stage I thought it would only be a couple of euros!

“We are going to take our time over the next few weeks and try to process this in our own heads. We are going to have a great Christmas, as normal with our family and then we’ll clear the mortgage and bills in the New Year. After that, we’ll just see how we go!”

Online Benefits

The advantage of playing online is that you can take part at a time that suits you, just by using your phone or tablet rather than having to venture out to the shops. You don’t have to worry about your tickets being lost or stolen as your numbers are kept secure online, and it is easy to make sure you never miss a draw just like the man from Munster did.

If you feel inspired by the success of the latest winner, you can try to land Wednesday’s €2 million Irish Lotto jackpot. There will also be a top prize of €85 million up for grabs in EuroMillions on Friday night, so why not take part online or visit an authorised retailer. Good luck!

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