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A man who was left with just 60 cent in his bank account after Christmas has just won €100,000 from the National Lottery.

He was one of four people to win €100,000 in separate cash prizes in the National Lottery’s Christmas Millionaire Raffle.

The man, who has just graduated from college and is seeking employment, told the Journal that the timing of the win “couldn’t be any better”.

“I looked at my bank account after the holidays and I had .60 cent left after all of my spending over Christmas,” he said. 

He has wished to remain anonymous in the wake of his win.

Another winner, Shane Malone, from Ballymun Country Dublin, picked up his prize on his birthday.

He plans on holidaying with his girlfriend Emma and putting the rest of the money towards buying a home for them. 

The €1 million Christmas Millionaire top prize ticket was sold at Topaz service station on the Lower Tivoli Road in Cork on 21 December.



We boast many fine locations on this island.

From our wonderful park-lands, dramatic coastlines and rolling fields, to world-class libraries and ancient castles, we can proudly lay claim to plenty of internationally-renowned tourist gems.

But just for a moment image this: we cherry-pick the best of the rest from the most fun and fabulous attractions around the world… and create our very own (superior!) versions just for the people of this great land to enjoy on their doorstep…

1) Disneyland Drogheda

Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris, Orlando… they ALL have a Walt Disney theme-park packed full of fun. And now it’s Ireland’s turn.

Located just off the M1, Disneyland Drogheda would boast its very own Space Mountain, Cinderella Castle and Animal Kingdom experience, as well as head-turning daily parades and spectacular firework displays.

2) Circuit de Moneygall, Offaly

A vital new addition to the Formula 1 racing schedule – Circuit de Moneygall would be a world-class circuit holding a Grand Prix to rival Silverstone, Monza, and Monaco.

Conveniently positioned in Moneygall – a town, of course, made famous by Barack Obama – it would have state-of-the-art facilities for drivers, teams, media, and spectators.

3) Sydney Parade Opera House, Dublin

Hosting the crème de la crème of the entertainment world, Sydney Parade Opera House would sit proudly in Dublin Bay over-looking the water.

With acts and performers arriving from Broadway and the West End, Ireland would enjoy year-round second-to-none concerts, shows, and gigs.

4) Wet ‘n’ Wild, Athlone

A water-park to rival the world's biggest and the best, Wet ‘n’ Wild Athlone would attract a steady-stream of international tourists.

Sitting on the expansive Lough Ree, highlights would include tube and freefall slides, lazy and wave pools, as well as top-notch water-sport facilities.

5) Lusk Vegas, Dublin

North county Dublin’s answer to the City Of Lights, this resort would boast Ireland’s very own Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace hotels, as well as a Little White Chapel perfect for a quick and easy wedding ceremony.

Furthermore, casinos and restaurants would be bathed in bright neon lights along the glittering Lusk Vegas Strip.

6) The Rink at Blackrockefeller Center, Cork

Complete with its trademark 5.5metres-tall gilded bronze sculpture of Prometheus, The Rink at Blackrockefeller Center would understandably be a major draw to Cork – quickly rivalling its Manhattan counterpart as the world’s most iconic place to ice-skate.

At Christmas it would really come into its own, sporting a 30metre-tall Norway spruce fir complete with oodles of festival lighting and decorations.

7) The Letterkenny Eye, Donegal

Nestled on the River Swilly and extending to an impressive 150metres tall, the Letterkenny Eye would be a Ferris wheel to rival all others.

Attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists to the town, the wheel would soon be established as the very symbol of Donegal.

8) Palm Islands, Rosslare

The sunny south-east would be the perfect place for Ireland’s answer to Dubai’s spectacular coastline extension.

Palm Island, Rosslare would accommodate a stunning complex of five-star residential units, leisure and entertainment attractions, as well as hundreds of kilometres of unspoilt sandy white beaches and palm trees.

But if you assume these dreams are all a little too far-fetched – think again. That’s because of tonight’s incredible EuroMillions draw. A cool €130million to dream not just big, but monumentally so… allowing the winner to #ShareTheDream with the wider community.

Be quick though: you have until 7.30pm this evening to play EuroMillions a retail agent outlets, via lottery.ie, or using the National Lottery app.



Twenty Irish soldiers entered Lotto HQ on Abbey Street today to pick up a cheque for almost half a million euro.

The men – who are all part of the 3rd Infantry Battalion in Kilkenny’s Stephens Barracks – won €453,000 after matching five numbers and the bonus number on Saturday August 27.

According to The Irish Sun the group – who are aged between 23 and 54 – intend to split their winnings equally with each member taking home €22,635.

A spokesperson for the syndicate described how the soldiers intend to put their winnings to good use.  

Daniel McGrath said: “There’s a few lads getting married soon and a couple are buying houses, so it couldn’t have come at a better time for them.”

“And two have new born babies, so the money will give them a good start.  We’re all delighted and we’ll have a few drinks together back in Kilkenny today to celebrate, and a day off work tomorrow.”

Feat image: RTE.ie



Excitement is in the air in Kinlough, Co Leitrim, someone has just won millions of Euro there!

The winning ticket was bought in the Spar on Main Street in Kinlough, however nobody has revealed themselves as the winner yet.

A spokeswoman for the Spar said: “Apparently everyone was talking about it in the pubs last night. They couldn’t believe it, that it was in our village, so small you know.”

“It’s actually our second win in the past year. We had a €250,000 win in October or September,” she told the Independent.

“There’s really great excitement. Everyone’s so happy. It’s really a buzz in the town,” she added.

Saturday night’s winning numbers were 10, 11, 12, 15,18, 19 and bonus number 35.



Stories of people unearthing winning Lottery tickets from beneath piles of laundry or from between the seats of their car aren't exactly a daily occurrence, but they have been known to happen.

With that in mind, the good folk behind the National Lottery have urged the public to double-check old tickets and have a quick gander around the gaf to make sure they're not sitting on a gold mine right now.

And what's with the rush?

Well, back on May 6th, a very fortunate member of the public bought a Euromillions ticket which went on to scoop a staggering €381,863… but they have yet to cash that bad boy in.

Whether they're already minted and can spare the cash or they've simply tossed the ticket aside unaware they could be bathing in fifties right now, the powers that be want to remind them that they have only a few HOURS left to claim the prize.

Bought in Tesco, Market Green Shopping Centre, in Middleton, Co Cork on the day of the draw, the winner's Quick Pick ticket snagged the Matching 5 + 1 Lucky Star in the draw, and they have until 5.30pm today to come forward.

Think it might be you?

Well, if 32, 34, 40, 45, 48 (with Lucky Stars 1 and 10)  are your numbers from the Euromillions draw on Friday, May 6, then congrats, you're €381,000 richer.

You can contact the Lottery Claims Team on 01 836 4444.



We’ve all fantasised about unearthing a winning lottery ticket under a pile of laundry or stumbling across a discarded scratchcard boasting three matching numbers, but for most of us it will remain a pipe dream.

For one Dublin woman, however, that dream became a reality when she decided to clean out her car over the weekend in a decision which has netted her a staggering €17,023.

After rooting through the standard junk which litters most of our cars, she explained that she came across a Lottery ticket but, as usual, had neglected to check it.

“As a long-time Lotto player, I regularly purchase my Quick Pick tickets but I very rarely ever check them until I hear about a local winner,” she explained.

“I have bundles of out-of-date tickets in my house and in my car and sometimes we laugh that I’ve probably already won the Lotto jackpot 10 times but I never found out about it.”

After putting the ticket aside, the Dubliner decided to check whether the stray ticket was worth anything, and quickly discovered she was suddenly €117,000 richer.

“When I went into the shop to scan my ticket, the shop keeper and I were absolutely dumbstruck, I don’t know which of us got the biggest shock,” she admitted.

Arriving at the National Lottery Winners Room on Dublin’s Abbey Street today, she urged everyone to keep an eye on their tickets.

“Just because a big jackpot isn’t won in your area, it could still be worth a lot of money, I am living proof of that. I have the App now so there’s no excuse.”

You heard the woman – You could be sitting on a gold mine.



Imagine having a winning lotto ticket SOMEWHERE in the house, but God only knows where! We'd probably all faint.

However, one lucky Wicklow couple avoided major disappointment as they were able to claim a quarter of a million Euro – after finding the winning lotto ticket in the bin.

Yep. The BIN. 

UTV report that that couple didn't realise they won Saturday's draw until it was revealed that the ticket was bought in Roundwood.

This obviously had them legging it over to the bin to find the missing ticket, and, whaddya know, it was found. Phew!

“I got a print out of the results from the newsagent and when I got home, I emptied the bin in the kitchen and found the ticket under all the rubbish from the past two days. We could not believe our luck when the numbers matched up!” the couple said.

Luck was certainly on their side!



If you purchased a Lotto ticket in Dublin on November 9 last, you might want to get searching for it.

The National Lottery has revealed that a winning ticket worth €1m has yet to be claimed, and in just two days it will no longer be valid.

Winners have just 90 days to claim their prize, before it goes back into the fund.

The ticket in question – with the winning numbers 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 20 and a bonus of 6 – was purchased at the Bus Stop kiosk in Nutgrove Shopping Centre in Rathfarnham.

"We love to see winners collecting the big prizes, and we'd really like to pay someone the €1m come the end of the week," Paula McEvoy of the National Lottery told the Herald.

"Hopefully, someone will come forward and it will be just a case of jogging people's memories."

As for last weekend's Euromillions jackpot of €66m, although the Irish winner has made contact, they have yet to come forward and claim their prize.

"Naturally, when you become a multimillionaire it takes a bit of getting used to, but we're there to help them," says National Lottery CEO Dermot Griffin.

"We will give them a bit of time and advice."


Last week, we all wept into our Cornflakes as we met John Lewis's Man On The Moon, just in time for Christmas.

But now another festive ad has arrived – all the way from Spain, no less – and we're thinking it might knock John Lewis off the top spot.

The ad, for the Spanish Loteria Nacional (National Lottery), tells the heart-warming tale of Justino, a night security guard in a mannequin factory.

Even though he'll never get to meet the factory's daytime workers, he decides to make life a little more cheerful for them by re-arranging the mannequins into fun poses. When the factory staff win the Lotto, Justino think he's been left out, until he arrives for his night shift…

Watch it, and prepare to well up within twenty seconds. Don't say we didn't warn you…



Why must everything we love have to hurt us this way?

Just when you were getting the hang of those pesky new lotto changes, they have announced that next month they are bringing in even more changes.

In addition to adding two extra numbers to the selection grid which means that your odds of winning have been altered. Significantly. Once upon a time you might have thought that it was bound to be your turn to scoop up the jackpot.

Now you might be waiting quite a while; customers have a one in 11 million chance to win.

Not only that, but the price is set to increase as well. Next week the usual minimum play will jump from €3 to €4 for two lines.

This would mean that your usual two line quick-pick (or the ‘lucky dip’ as some are known to call it) will come to €5.

We can see many a shop assistant being inundated with queries over the coming weeks. Remember when they started to introduce the seasonal Winning Streak tickets?

The National Lottery have announced the changes today after researching lotto plays and stated their findings have indicated “it’s time for change”.

You will have some times to prepare yourselves, and make some allowances for you budget if you’re a regular customer. The first Lotto draw with the new prices and numbers will take place on 5 September 2015.


He promoted himself as a 20-something millionaire who was happy to splash the cash on designer watches, expensive champagne and private jets.

Vladimir Wilson even appeared on MTV’s Judge Geordie, ITV’s Girlfriends, and had a slot on Channel 5’s Britain’s Flashiest Families lined up for later this year.

Yet today, he was exposed as an unemployed hoaxer who has racked up significant debts in his bid to be seen as a partying playboy.

The now 27-year-old had claimed he amassed €8m hitting the lotto jackpot aged just 19, and used his supposed winnings to gain access to exclusive A-lister clubs and bars in London. He even claimed he and singer Ariana Grande were friends.

The Sun, however, explains that the reality is rather different: Vladimir is, in fact, an out-of-work salesman who lives in a shared flat.

Appearing on Judge Geordie earlier this year, he showed off his designer clothes and luxury home to presenter Vicky Pattison, telling her: “I am the youngest lottery jackpot winner in the UK.”

He once regularly posted pictures to his Twitter and Instagram accounts to boast of his wealth – but today, both of these profile had been made private.

Some of Vladimir’s photographs included a snap of an Aston Martin, a row of eight expensive watches, a Bentley and a private jet.

He admitted to The Sun that he first made up the lie about winning the lottery when he appeared on ITV2 show Girlfriends three years ago.

He explained to the newspaper: “I wanted to get into Big Brother and reality-based shows.”

The young man has now been dumped from Britain's Flashiest Families and is reportedly facing debts of close-to €30,000. The Sun also reports that there are two active county court judgments against his name.

Those taking to social-media today were less than sympathetic to his plight, however.

Indeed, one said: “This punk has been caught out, now he has to work out how to repay all the money he owes and the wolves will chase hard.”

Mr Wilson told The Sun that until recently he had a well-paid job in Gibraltar selling tax avoidance schemes. Mr Wilson added that he is now looking for work and is not claiming the dole.




Oh, Irish TV, you never fail to provide us with humorous incidents (remember Garth Gates?!)

And now there's this…

Last night's National Lottery draw, brought to you by Brian Ormond, went a little bit haywire. 

We would say he handled it well but, erm, we can't tell. 

All that was missing from the scene was just a tumbleweed, floating slowly through the studio…

He's no Bryan Dobson yet, that much we do know! 

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