The National Lottery has confirmed that the Christmas Eve Irish lottery draw has been won by a lucky ticket holder from Northern Ireland who scooped a €4.5 million jackpot.

The lucky player got the Christmas present of a lifetime with the €5 Quick Pick ticket that was bought in the SuperValu on Main Street, Bailieborough in Co. Cavan on the day the jackpot was drawn. The winning numbers of 8, 10, 11, 16, 40, 42 and the bonus number 38 awarded €4,577,663.

The National Lottery has created more than 800 instant millionaires in the last 30 years.

The lottery donates money to the community and in 2016 alone, it gave more than €200 million to community causes. Around 30 cents out of every euro spent on tickets in all games, including the EuroMillions, gets put into the community around Ireland. The donation is transferred to the Government with each department deciding how the money will be spent.

These include causes such as the National Council for the Blind, the Waterford Healing Arts Trust and the Mini Maestros Parent and Toddler musical workshop in Wexford Arts Centre. Community Alert Programs to help support vulnerable older people was also established through the National Lottery donations, as well as projects to prevent and reduce crime across the country. Last year, €45 million was divided between 895 sports groups, such as the National Rowing Centre which was instrumental in the success of the national rowing team.

The National Lottery raised approximately €4 million every week throughout 2016.

“We have raised the maximum amount for good causes ahead of anyone else,” said Chief Dermot Griffin. “The way we look at it is people naturally play to win, but each player is also helping to put 30% of that back into the community.”