A Cork man who has been under huge financial pressure, living month to month and working overtime, has claimed his prize of €500,000 after his numbers came up on the EuroMillions.
The ecstatic husband and father, who wishes to remain anonymous, claimed his prize yesterday from Lotto HQ along with his wife.
The winning ticket was sold at O'Reilly's Maxol Service Station, Watercourse Road in Blackpool last week.
Collecting his win, the man spoke of how tight finances have been for the family over the past couple of years.
"Month to month things have been tight and we’re always looking at where we can save money and even look to do overtime where I can," the lucky winner said.
"This win is going to allow us to plan for all of our futures and I can’t say how grateful we are to have won."
The win will now go towards transforming his family’s lives, allowing the family to pay their mortgage and put aside money for the couple’s young children’s education and futures.
The couple has vowed to do 'a lot of sensible things' with the money, including bringing their children on a dream holiday to Disneyland Paris next year.
"A few days have now passed and both of us are awake every night talking about this win. I’m still waiting for someone to wake me up from this dream. We’re going to clear the mortgage and put money aside for our children’s college fund and towards securing their futures," he said.
"Our eldest has been asking us for years can we go to Disneyland so we’re going to do that next year." he added.
The winner described how he broke the news of the win to his wife.
“I came in from work after calling up the National Lottery, where they broke the news to me that I had won €500,000. I told the kids to go out and play and asked my wife to sit down.
"Immediately she thought that I had lost my job so I had to reel her in for a minute and then just told her we’d won half a million."
The win was the fourth enjoyed by the Blackpool shop. They also sold two Lotto jackpot winning tickets previously, in 1991 and in 1992, and a Lotto Plus 1 ticket worth €300,000 in 2004.