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National lottery winner hopes to "live long enough to spend it"

John Foley, originally from Kerry, said he plans to share his €350,000 winnings with his wife and kids.

A LOTTERY WINNING septuagenarian has described how he hopes that he’ll “live long enough to spend it.”

John Foley, from Williamstown, Co Galway, won €350,000 in last Wednesday’s Lotto Plus 1 draw. He today collected the winning cheque from the National Lottery headquarters in Dublin.

John Foley 77 from Williamstown Co Galway collected a cheque for €350000 at National Lottery offices in Dublin today 002(1) John Foley with his son Timothy and his daughter Annette Source: Mac Innes Photography

Speaking about his win, the 77-year-old, said, “I couldn’t believe my eyes! I gave the ticket to the wife and said, check that, and she said, it’s true you’ve won!”.

Originally from Tralee in Co Kerry, Foley intends to share his winnings with his wife Mary and their two children Annette and Timothy.

John Foley 77 from Williamstown Co Galway collected a cheque for €350000 at National Lottery offices in Dublin today 020 Source: Mac Innes Photography

Speaking about her father’s win, his daughter Annette, said, “when I got the call I thought: ‘oh, he’s really lost the marbles now.’ ”

Tonight’s Lotto draw will be for a guaranteed €2 million.

The National Lottery has raised €4.4 billion to date for good causes. The funding has aided projects in health, arts, culture and the Irish language among others.

Read: Lotto win ‘saved me from emigration’ says Kerry builder

Also: This TD wants to tax lotto winnings to pay for more teachers

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