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American priest wins €500.000 prize with a ticket he bought for Christmas

Revisiting your homeland just in time for holidays is always an enjoyable experience, but it also turned out to be life-changing for one priest from Dublin who moved to the US a long time ago. Going back to his hometown paid off big time since he became €500.000 richer thanks to a Euromillions ticket he purchased just in time for Christmas.

The anonymous priest considers himself lucky and said he “didn’t get too excited” after first hearing about his €500.000 Euromillions win, because something similar happened to him a few times already. He already scooped around €19.000 on Irish Sweepstakes, and won several thousands of dollars playing the lottery in the US.

“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,” recalled the fortunate man.

When it comes to his future plans, the lucky priest didn’t specify if he intends to make any big purchases or significant changes in his life. He’ll be focusing on spreading his fortune around and helping those in need, as he did his whole life.

“I have always had a policy of sharing my luck around. 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,” said the €500.000 winner.