Lucky €6m Lotto winner: 'I won a €1 scratch card in Saturday night’s draw as well!'
'Ecstatic' Irish carpenter (52) collects cheque for €6,384,673 after scooping life-changing jackpot
An Irish carpenter delighted in winning a €1 scratch card after Saturday night's Lotto draw - but it paled in comparison with the €6m jackpot he scooped after his lucky numbers were selected from the draw.
"I’ve been playing these numbers all my life – family birthdays and stuff like that," Mayo man Ger Murphy said as he travelled from Ballinrobe to the National Lottery offices in Dublin to collect his prize.
"This is fantastic, I still can’t believe it but it’s great to be here today with family and friends to collect this.
"I’ve been playing these numbers for a very long time; I’m glad I didn’t change them – sure I’m only getting my money back.
"And I won a €1 scratch card in Saturday night’s draw as well", he joked.
Those looking to be in with a chance of collecting a cheque as large as Ger's €6,384,673 one may think of heading on a road trip to Mayo as the county has collected almost €90m in Lotto jackpot prizes, with nine jackpots won there since the game began in 1988.
Not only that - but the local agents in Ger's home town of Ballinrobe's have sold five Lotto jackpot winning tickets. Ger himself purchased his €6 winning tickets in his brother-in-law Martin's shop, Murphy’s Newsagency.
Ger's sons Dave (24), Jack (18) and daughter Laura (27) accompanied him today, alongside his ex-wife Sue.
Gerard Jnr was also there with his girlfriend Sadie and their 2-year-old daughter Mia.
"I’m not working at the moment so I’m looking very forward to having a few holidays soon in places that are hot and sunny. I’ve been back in Ireland (from London) since around 2001/2002 and I might consider changing my house but that’s a plan for another day", Ger said.
‘I have a few hobbies, and I follow form on the horses. I used to breed boxer dogs and still have two boxer dogs of my own, but they’re very old now’, he said.
Ger’s mother (93) didn’t make the trip to Dublin today but intends to celebrate with him when he returns home to Mayo.