An Irish priest has scooped €500,000 (£444,000) in the EuroMillions while home for Christmas.
The retired cleric must have someone looking over him as it isn’t the first time he’s won big on the lottery.
He’s won £15,000 on the old Irish Sweepstakes and thousands of dollars in lotteries while living in Florida.
The lucky priest, who is originally from County Mayo, joked that God must be listening to his prayers as he pledged to share his winnings with those in need.
‘I suppose you can say I am lucky. But I have always had a policy of sharing my luck around,’ the priest said.
‘That is something that my late mother taught me, and something that was also drummed into me when I was a young priest by a bishop.
‘I am a big believer that what goes around comes around.
‘This is a huge amount of money and I look forward to giving some back.’
He collected his prize in the National Lottery offices in Dublin after buying another lottery ticket in Donnybrook Fair.
The priest said he heard that one of the two winning EuroMillions Plus tickets had been purchased in the Donnybrook Fair outlet.
‘I didn’t get too excited when I heard this first,’ he said.
‘I went back to the shop and gave the ticket to the same girl I had purchased it from to be checked.
‘Lo and behold there was a message on the system to contact the National Lottery. So I knew at that stage I had won.’
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