Irish footballer pockets €1 million in lottery win

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Now in its 11th year, the Lottery sold all of its 250,000 available raffle tickets.

LOTTO bosses have revealed the victor of Ireland's Millionaire Raffle bought their ticket in Wexford.

I asked if I had won the lotto and the response was swift: "no not yourself but you sold the winning millionaire draw ticket", he told the Times. There also were five $100,000 winners.

The winners' identities remain unknown.

According to the Irish Times, the Wexford native, who joined Championship club Preston North End last summer, returned home earlier this week to validate his winning lottery ticket in his local supermarket in Castlebridge. The numbers for the record were 17, 20, 22, 24, 25, 40 and the bonus 18.

The Millionaire Raffle, which debuted in 2006, grows in popularity every year because there are guaranteed winners and it offers the best odds to win $1 million, lottery officials said.

Proprietor Padraig Rudden was naturally thrilled that two winning tickets were sold in his premises.

Some people just have all the luck, don't they? The Lotto rang him on Thursday morning, December 28, with the good news.

His big win came two days after sitting on the subs bench for his side's New Year's Day defeat to Middlesbrough. "I was delighted and drove down to the shop straight away, wondering who it might be".