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Saturday 23 September 2017

Just another working day (with a break to pick up €3m)

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

IT was a regular day at one of the country's busiest building supply yards -- aside from workers briefly downing tools to dash into the National Lottery to pick up a cool €3m.

But the 21 members of the Lotto-winning syndicate from Chadwicks on Thomas Street in Dublin were all back at their day jobs yesterday, despite each being €146,870 better off after bagging the €3,084,281 jackpot.

Foreman Dave Hanley (42), from the Liberties, who bought their golden ticket at the weekend, was still in his hi-vis vest when he headed a group of nine to pick up the giant cheque.

For the remainder it was work as normal.

"We are all very appreciative. Unfortunately we are all in work today and we have to carry on with our lives," Mr Hanley said.

"The lads are going to clear mortgages. There are a couple of young lads here who want to get on the ladder.

"There won't be much left after you look after your family, that is about it."

He is planning a "little holiday" with his wife Helen and their 12 year old, Liam, but "nothing flash".

"We're just all working blokes," he added. "No one rang in sick or anything like that. Everyone knows where their bread is buttered."

From the seat of his forklift, Shay 'Thunder' Kelly, from Coolock, revealed he has a share in a trotting horse, but was now planning to splash out on outright ownership of another.

"I own one leg but I'll be getting four legs," he joked.

Mr Hanley, who was not normally charged with buying the ticket, revealed he'd originally made a "bags" of purchasing their monthly Lotto tickets after he selected too few quick picks.

However, he put the €60 left over to good use and went back to buy another few lines on Saturday. And it was the second ticket that turned out lucky. It was only on Sunday night as Dave sat enjoying a few quiet pints in Bakers Bar on Thomas Street that he heard Saturday's jackpot was won in the Centra shop next door.

"I checked the Irish Independent website and it said a €60 quick pick (had won it)," he said. He brought the tickets up to the shop on Monday, where after a painstaking minute the manager gave him the thumbs-up.

"I just started shaking. We were all over the place. It was a bit surreal."

It was only when the workers walked into Chadwicks on Monday that they learned lady luck had shined on them.

Just last Thursday, Martin Bowe (33), was turned down for a mortgage -- along with his wife Denise -- on a house with a garden for their son Conor (2).

"We bought an apartment in boom times, we were in negative equity; they wouldn't even look at us because of that," he said. "It opens up so many more doors." The winning numbers were 13, 25, 26, 41, 42, 43 and the bonus was 8.

Irish Independent

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