An Irish priest, who is based in Florida but home for Christmas, has won €500,000 in the EuroMillions draw.

The retired priest, who is originally from Co Mayo, claimed his prize today.

The quick pick ticket for the EuroMillions Plus draw was bought in Donnybrook Fair in Malahide in Dublin on 22 December.

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

Previously, he won £15,000 Irish pounds on the old Irish Sweepstakes, and $3,000 and $5,000 over the years in lotteries in the US.

The priest said he would 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.

"This is a huge amount of money and I look forward to giving some back."

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