Friday 9 December 2016

Carpenter who won €6.3m Lotto jackpot won't give up the day job

Paul Healy

Published 04/08/2015 | 08:54

Staff at Murphys in Ballinrobe where the €6m lottery ticket was sold. From left to right, Rosie O'Connor, Martin Murphy, owner, and Dolce McTigue celebrate outside their shop.
Staff at Murphys in Ballinrobe where the €6m lottery ticket was sold. From left to right, Rosie O'Connor, Martin Murphy, owner, and Dolce McTigue celebrate outside their shop.

IRELAND’S newest Lotto mil­lionaire has pledged he won’t give up the day job.

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Carpenter Gerard Murphy nailed an incredible €6m win on the Lotto – but has no plans to ditch in his career.

In a further twist of fate, the winning ticket was sold to him by his brother-in-law Martin Murphy, who owns the local newsagents in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.

PRIZE

Gerard, who is in his 50s, is be­lieved to be travelling to Dublin tomorrow to pick up his prize.

Martin, whose store has had three lotto wins in the past, said that he couldn’t believe the news when he heard his broth­er-in-law had won the ticket.

“I thought he was playing a prank because that’s the type of guy Ger is, he is always playing pranks on people,” he told the Herald.

He said he was “thrilled” with the win and that Gerrard had no immediate plans to do anything with the money.

“He’s very calm about it,” he said. “He doesn’t plan to do anything as of yet, he is just sitting tight.

“He’s got children and lots of family so I’m sure he’ll help them out.”

He said that Gerard was a “great guy” who was well liked in the community and was “solid as a rock”.

Joking aside, Martin said he didn’t expect any money from his brother-in-law, saying he was happy enough with the recognition from the National Lottery.

He said that there were small celebrations on the back of the win, but it was back to business at Murphy’s Day-Today store in Ballinrobe.

“There’s been no big celebra­tion yet, we’ll get to that in the next few days,” he added.

“Ger will still dabble away with the carpentry – sure he has to keep himself busy.

“He’s been unemployed for a couple of years but he loves his work.”

FAMILY

Gerard, who is from a fam­ily of eleven, won a total of €6,384,673.

The store seems to have had its own run of luck.

Murphy’s newsagent pre­viously saw a local man win £55,000 in 1989. It also sold a winning ticket to another lucky winner of five numbers in the Euromillions last year.

Gerard Murphy’s winning ticket won on the back of the numbers 3, 7, 11, 33, 37 and 42.

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