'It's been quite a year - I beat cancer and won a million euro!'
Winning more than a million euro and successfully battling cancer has made it a wonderful year for bus driver Craig Shearer.
Craig (51), a father of three living in Finglas, was almost overcome with the emotion of the happy event at Lotto headquarters when he and his 21 Dublin Bus colleagues received a EuroMillions cheque for €23.8m yesterday.
"This is like a second win for me. I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia two years ago. And I want to thank Dr Michael Fay in the Mater Hospital in the haematology ward and his team, without whom I would not be here today doing this.
"It puts things into context and puts things into perspective... I feel good. I'm out of the danger zone."
He said it was like "winning twice" as he relaxed after the handover of the huge cheque.
Commenting on his treatment success and the big win, he said: "I have to try and think which is the better one.
"It's been surreal. It's been a strange couple of years and this is one of the strangest parts of it."
Fellow winner David Doherty (51), also from Finglas, said the lottery syndicate, called 'The Euro Drivers', had plans to continue playing, despite the massive win.
David said: "I have two lovely daughters, a lovely family, so they all just rang me up congratulating me.
"We'll all sit back down in a few weeks and decide what we're doing," he said, mentioning he had booked a trip to Cuba.
Craig and David were two of only three drivers to offer their names to the media.
The third man named, John Brady (63), a native of Mayo living in west Dublin, said the syndicate had never taken any money from their 'pot' over all the years they had being doing the lottery.
They would usually donate the pot each Christmas to colleagues who were sick or who suffered a bereavement.
They all planned to continue working and keep paying in to the syndicate.