It was a five-week wait for Aaron Harrington before he appeared on the RTÉ One show after his ticket was pulled, but his patience paid off after he won the sizable sum.
Aaron, who works in the Circle K store and filling station in Bantry purchased his lucky scratch card in Daybreak, Kenmare when he was en route to get a Chinese takeaway one evening.
After his winning ticket was pulled by co-hosts Marty Wheelan and Sinead Kennedy in early December, Aaron became the talk of the town.
The Bantry man said he didn't mind working over Christmas and said that his regular customers kept coming into the shop to wish him well and buy ascratch card for themselves, hoping Aaron’s luck would rub off on them.
The night his name came out of thetombola, he got a call from his sister and then from other relatives and friends.
Convinced it was an elaborate wind up, Aaron didn’t believe it until he got a confirmation call from National Lottery officials the following day.
Supporting him in RTÉ last weekend were his parents, Gerry and Siobhan and his brother Joey and his sister Amy and a number of other friends and family members.
As well as his job in Circle K Aaron helps out, along with the rest of the family, with the family farm where they rear cattle and sheep.
He is a dedicated member of Macra Na Feirme, the voluntary rural youth organisation which provides a social outlet for its members, and has gone on many outings and regular social events in his six years of membership.