A priest home for his holidays is the lucky winner of the €500K Euromillions Plus Draw.
The cleric is currently living in Florida, but purchased the winning QuickPick ticket in Donnybrook Fair, Malahide on December 22 while on a visit home.
In a statement released by Premier Lotteries Ireland the priest ,who wishes to remain anonymous, said that God must be listening to his prayers as it's not the first time he has won the lotto.
He revealed that he at one time won £15,000 in pre-Euro Irish pounds on the old Irish Sweepstakes, and he also won $3,000 and $5,000 in lotteries in the USA.
“I suppose you can say I am lucky. But 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.
“I didn’t get too excited when I heard this first. 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.”
The lucky winner enjoys regular trips home to Ireland and said his family are delighted with the news.