Dublin student with only 60 cent in bank has €100,000 lottery win

Winner: The lucky student won €100,000 in the Christmas Millionaire Raffle
Winner: The lucky student won €100,000 in the Christmas Millionaire Raffle

One of the winners in the Christmas Millionaire raffle is a student from Dublin who had only 60 cents left in his bank account after Christmas.

The winner, who wishes remain anonymous, said that the timing of the prize couldn't have been better.

"I have just recently graduated from college and I am still looking for a job. I looked at my bank account after the holidays and I had .60 cent left after all of my spending over Christmas!’.

The young man who collected the cheque spoke of his plans for his €100,000 windfall, "I want to get a car but I just failed my driving test so I will have to wait for a while yet before I get one. I’m going to surprise my girlfriend and my family with a short holiday next week to celebrate properly"

In total, there were 3,176 prize winners in the National Lottery Christmas Millionaire Raffle ranging from €500 to €1 million.

Another winner was Shane Malone from Ballymun in Dublin who also won €100,000.

"I still cannot believe I have won," said the delighted winner. 

"I was sitting at home on Sunday evening and I remembered to check my raffle ticket from the previous night. I scanned it on the National Lottery App and I was absolutely shocked when I saw the €100,000 prize flashing up. I had to keep rechecking the ticket on the website to make sure I hadn’t made a mistake," he said.

"We are going on holidays together in a few weeks so at least we will have some pocket money!" 

The Christmas Millionaire top prize winning ticket of €1 million was ticket number 179740. The lucky ticket was purchased at the Topaz Service Station on Lower Tivoli Road in Cork on 21 December 2016.

You can find out if you're one of the lucky winners on the Christmas Millionaire Raffle results page.

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