For years, bachelor Ronnie McDonnell from Knocklore, Ardee, has driven to The Village Shop in Jonesborough, owned by his pal Seamus McNamee, to buy tickets for the EuroMillions draws.
And it has all paid off when his ticket matched five numbers and one Lucky Star in a recent draw and landed him a whopping £204,490.70.
Ronnie’s first purchase was new John Deere hay baler.
“This couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Ronnie, “I’ve needed a new baler for some time now but I just couldn’t afford it. I’m going to make hay while the sun shines.” Ronnie isn’t planning any holidays but a trip to the Listowel Races in September is on the cards for the man who likes a little flutter.
“I’m fairly sensible with my money but maybe I’ll have a slightly larger bet than usual.”