Clare farmer collects €500,000 EuroMillions winnings

Clare farmer collects €500,000 EuroMillions winnings

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A Co. Clare farmer finally claimed his EuroMillions Plus win of €500,000 with just days to spare.

The lucky Clare man was in no rush to collect his prize and he cunningly planned to claim his prize at the last hour of the prize deadline on September 11th.

The winning combination play ticket was sold on Tuesday 13th June at Paul Hogan’s Service Station on the Gort Road in Ennis, Co. Clare. The lucky winner collected his winnings yesterday.

“I knew straight away that I had won but I wanted to keep my head down and let the excitement die down before collecting it,” said the lucky farmer who was undaunted by his mega win.

“The ticket’s been in my jacket pocket for the past three months, I haven’t let it out of my sight since the draw. I was in no hurry to collect my cheque and I considered leaving it until the last day until I heard the local radio station (Clare FM) urging people to check their tickets.”

The relaxed Clare native said that he won’t be rushed into making plans to spend his prizemoney: “We’ll enjoy the week with a few celebratory drinks. It’s a huge amount of money to win and I have no real plan for it. I might look at upgrading some of the farm machinery in the next few weeks but that’ll be it for the time being,” he said.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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