The Dublin man who collected €500,000 at Lottery HQ today revealed that he had recently lost his job so the cash windfall couldn't have arrived at a better time.
The man and his wife were in Lotto HQ to pick up their early Christmas present with the winning ticket from last Friday's EuroMillions Plus draw. The lucky ticket was purchased in Spar Waterville shop in Blanchardstown on the day of the draw last Friday.
Discussing his incredible win, the recently unemployed man said that the timing of his windfall could not have come at a better time.
‘I recently lost my job so we have been under a lot of pressure financially with Christmas fast approaching. This win is a huge relief for us all. We can now enjoy the holidays with the peace of mind that we don’t have to worry about our bills for a while yet,’ he said.
‘I checked my ticket as usual on a ticket scanner in a shop on Monday morning. A message flashed up telling me to contact the National Lottery right away. I checked again at the counter and the assistant whispered to me that I had won a half million euro. It’s was an indescribable feeling. Every ounce of anxiousness and worry had just been lifted in an instant,’ he said.
‘Christmas is all about family. We are going to enjoy the next couple of days and celebrate together before we start thinking about our long term plans. In the New Year, I would love to start my own business and work for myself and my family. I now have the financial freedom to do that but I need to discuss it with my wife first,’ he smiled