An Irish priest living in Florida has won €500,000 in the EuroMillions Plus draw while home for Christmas.

The retired cleric, originally from Mayo, bought the winning quick pick ticket in Donnybrook Fair in Malahide, Dublin.

The lucky priest joked that God must be listening to his prayers, because this is not his first lottery win.

He revealed he at one time won £15,000 Irish pounds on the old Irish Sweepstakes – which was replaced by the National Lottery 30 years ago).

The blessed cleric also won amounts of $3,000 and $5,000 over the years in lotteries in the USA.

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But he pledged that he will share his winnings with those in need.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

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The priest heard last Saturday that one of the two winning EuroMillions Plus tickets was purchased in Donnybrook Fair in Malahide.

He added: “I didn’t get too excited when I heard this first. I went back to the shop and gave the ticket to the same girl I had purchased it from to be checked.

“Lo and behold there was a message on the system to contact the National Lottery! So I knew at that stage I had