Friday 30 September 2016

€6m man 'will keep working' after Lotto win

Sam Griffin

Published 05/08/2015 | 02:30

Lotto winner Ger Murphy (right) gets a kiss from brother-in-law Martin Murphy, who sold him the winning ticket, as they toasted the windfall outside Martin’s shop
Lotto winner Ger Murphy (right) gets a kiss from brother-in-law Martin Murphy, who sold him the winning ticket, as they toasted the windfall outside Martin’s shop

The country's newest millionaire will keep up his work as a handyman despite his €6m windfall, according to his brother-in-law who sold him the winning ticket.

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Gerard Murphy (52), from Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, will collect his winnings today from National Lottery Headquarters after his numbers came up in the weekend's bumper draw.

Mr Murphy, who has four children and works as a tradesman, has played the same numbers for more than 20 years.

Despite the big win, his brother-in-law and shopkeeper Martin said Gerard was "as cool as a breeze" and "very relaxed".

"I think he picked his numbers based on his family. I'm not sure if it was ages or dates of birth but they were always the same," Martin told the Irish Independent.

"He will definitely keep working away. That shows exactly the kind of guy he is, he won't be getting carried away."

Martin is married to Gerard's sister Ann and said he was "delighted" he was the one to sell him the lucky ticket.

He added it was the second time his store has sold a winning ticket, with another player striking gold back in 1989.

Irish Independent

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