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Delighted farmer claims Lotto prize after leaving ticket in his locked car

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Delighted: The lucky West of Ireland farmer won €1m million in the Daily Million game on Monday night
Delighted: The lucky West of Ireland farmer won €1m million in the Daily Million game on Monday night

A Mayo farmer has collected his Lotto prize after finding his winning ticket in his locked car.

The lucky West of Ireland farmer won €1m million in the Daily Million game on Monday night and travelled to Dublin to claim his prize at National Lottery Headquarters this morning.

The delighted punter, who wishes to remain anonymous but is from the Claremorris area of County Mayo, bought his €1.50 quick pick ticket for the Daily Million Draw in Centra, Balla, Castlebar. 
 
"Yesterday I heard that a winning ticket was sold in Balla, where I bought my Daily Million ticket. The ticket had been laying in the car since Monday, which was unlocked.
 
"So I looked the numbers up on the Lottery website and then went out to the car to get the ticket. When I saw the first number, I just knew – I was delighted."
 
"It’s an amazing feeling when your six numbers match up. I can’t describe it – it’s like a dream!" he added. 
 
He said he plans to put the cheque in the bank and think about how he will spend his winnings.
 
"There’ll be a few things – holidays, maybe a new car, and we’ll put the kids through their education," he said.