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A Limerick taxi driver who won €500,000 in Friday night’s EuroMillions Plus draw said he feels “on top of the world”.

43-year-old Eddie Costelloe from Moyross credited his late mother Helen, who passed away in 2013, for encouraging him to follow his dream of one day winning the lottery.

Eddie, who recently started delivering parcels after his taxi trade dried up due to COVID-19, and his wife Antoinette who is a care worker, plan to carry on working and enjoying a few non-essential treats with their two children.

He said: “On my mother’s deathbed, I said to her, ‘Mam, I’m going to win the lotto one of these days’, and she said, ‘son, you will’.

"I’ve been chasing this for a long time, seven years it took me, and I got it.

"I’m after getting half a million. This is life-changing for me and my wife.

Eddie added that the win is "unbelievable" and "unreal" and "hasn't sunk in yet".

He said: "I’m a taxi driver and as you know the industry has been hit hard, but I reverted back to delivering parcels for Nightline, so that’s my job now, so going forward, I'm going to keep doing my parcels."

While it's “not retirement money” as Antoinette said they would still be working, the couple plan to buy a new car and van and to purchase their house.

Their winning Quick Pick ticket was bought at the Circle K Thomand service station in Thomondgate, Co Limerick.

Reporting by David Raleigh

Main image: File photo.

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