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Man who recently lost his job claims €500,000 Lotto prize

He wants to start his own business.

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A DUBLIN FATHER who recently lost his job today collected a cheque for €500,000.

The lucky dad, who was joined in National Lottery offices in Dublin by his wife bought their winning Quick Pick ticket at the Spar Waterville shop in Blanchardstown on the day of the draw.

Discussing his win, the recently unemployed man said that the timing of his windfall could not have been better.

“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.”

The family say they will take some time out over Christmas to fully get to grips with their new-found fortune.

“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 said.

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