A MAN WHO won €500,000 in the lotto says he was contemplating selling his home a few months ago, but now he can pay off his mortgage.
The lotto winner, who won the largest ever scratch card prize of €500,000, picked up his prize today at the National Lottery headquarters in Dublin.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he couldn’t believe his eyes when when he scratched it away.
“I’d been lucky a few weeks ago on a scratch card when I’d won €1,000, so I thought I’d try my luck again with the same one. I scratched it right away and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw €50,000. I took it home and showed it to my wife and she pointed out that it was €500,000, not €50,000!” he said.
The father of four said:
This means so much as it really brings peace of mind for me and my family. I nearly sold our home a few months ago, and now I can pay off the mortgage and credit cards. One of the kids was looking at having to go away for work, and now I’m able to help them out so they can stay at home.
He said his wife is already planning a holiday.
“I haven’t been on one for years and my passport had expired. I’ve the passport application all filled out and ready to go!” he said.