I had to pay out more than €30,000 to win a £200,000 jackpot from the Irish Lottery in July 2018.
In a recent interview with The Irish News, lottery boss Stephen Doyle said the lucky winner was a student at the University of Limerick.
“The student was able to win €1,100 in prize money and it was a big surprise for him,” he said.
The prize money was paid out in six lump sums of €100 each, but the winner did not have to repay it.
He had a few chances to win in recent years and he would pay out €50 to win the chance to win.
Mr Doyle said his prize money would have to be repaid as he did not earn it.
“It was all paid out and I had no money left after the jackpot,” he added.
I’d like to thank everyone for the support from all my fans, he said, and thanked his family and friends for their support.
There were still some tickets available for the next major lottery, he added, but this was a bit of a gamble for me to have to pay up.
Irish Lottery boss Stephen Dawson said that despite the jackpots being in the hundreds of thousands, he had not yet received any of the jackpottings.
“We’ve got a lot of tickets left for next year’s big lottery,” he told The Irish Press.
When asked if he would continue to win, he responded: “No, not at this point in time.
We have a lot more tickets left and it’s going to be a big gamble.”
He said that although he was still very lucky, he wanted to do more.
“I want to go out there and get more prizes.
It’s just so rewarding,” he continued.
Despite having a lot left, Mr Doyle said that he would be “very careful” when buying lottery tickets.
“As a company, we’re very careful to not buy lottery tickets and if you’re not buying lottery, you’re buying crap,” he explained.
“There’s no doubt about it.
You’re not going to get much of a return on your money.”