Pearne matched five numbers, only missing the Powerball, for the January 3 drawing.
Meanwhile, down the road from Lifford another lucky Lotto player bought a quick-pick ticket in Carndonagh which sees them waking up €283,000 richer.
"I can not believe it", said owner Austin Daly, "The call came through last night and it just hit me".
The winning numbers were: 1, 2, 7, 33, 34, 40 and bonus number was 6.
"There are 55 million reasons why all Victorian players who had an entry in last night's draw should check their ticket this morning".
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Last night's Lotto Jackpot of €4,434,994 has been won.
To get the jackpot - or a share of it - players must match all six of the main numbers in the Lotto draw.
The holder of a top-prize winning Fast Play ticket should immediately sign the back of the ticket, call the Lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at the nearest Lottery office. Donrgal. The ticket was also purchased by the victor yesterday. Sold at the counter or at self-service terminals, Fast Play tickets must be printed at the time of purchase.
Pearne had won $4 by matching the Poweball number in a drawing only a few days earlier on the same ticket, and he thought that was pretty lucky.
Mr Griffin urged all players who purchased a ticket in the Lifford and Caarndonagh regions of Donegal to check their tickets. "We are open from 9.15am tomorrow and we will make arrangements for you to collect your prize".