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Irish priest who scooped €500k in Euromillions named locally as Monsignor John Delaney

An Irish priest scooped the Euromillions prize after buying a ticket in Malahide

RETIRED cleric monsignor John Delaney has been revealed as the Irish priest who scooped €500k in the Euromillions.

The priest, who is originally from Co Mayo but lives in Florida, bought the winning ticket during a Christmas break in Dublin.

A younger brother of sculptor Edward Delaney, who died in 2009, the priest was visiting the Donnybrook Fair in Malahide when he picked up the quick pick ticket on December 22.

He collected his EuroMillions Plus winnings from the National Lottery Offices on Friday.

It is understood he has pledged to share his winnings with those in need.

Premier Lotteries Ireland, operator of the National Lottery, said the winner had joked that God must be listening to his prayers, as this was not his first lottery win.

Monsignor Delaney won £15,000 before in the old Irish Sweepstakes and also scooped prizes of $3000 and $5000 during his time in America.

In a statement, Premier Lotteries quoted him as saying "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."

The retired cleric regularly returns to Ireland and spent Christmas day with relatives in Dublin after learning of his lottery win.

It comes as it was revealed that a winning ticket for Saturday night's EuroMillions jackpot was also sold in Ireland.

The winning ticket is worth €38.9 million and the National Lottery has urged everyone to check their tickets.

It has been a record year for Irish EuroMillions jackpots after a Dublin work syndicate claimed a €88.5 million in January, while a west of Ireland syndicate scooped almost €29 million in July.

The winning numbers for the December 30 draw are 04, 08, 22, 23, and 48, with the lucky stars 01 and 12.

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