People think I'm crazy to keep bookies job after lottery windfall, reveals Carol
A YEAR after she won more than €5m in the lottery, Carol Loran is still working at a local bookie shop and has barely put a dent in her fortune.
The 40-year-old mother of five from Mullingar still works part-time at Boylesports in the Westmeath town and has no plans to leave.
"People say 'I can't believe you're still working'," she said. "People think I'm crazy."
But Ms Loran said she loves her job, where she started off as a cleaner and moved up to cashier.
And while she hardly needs the money, she said she looks forward to the 30 hours she devotes to the shop each week and the regular customers who look to her as "Lady Luck" when they're having a flutter.
Even when she found out that she and her former boyfriend, Kevin Geoghegan, had won €10.5m between them after splitting a €4 ticket in the mid-week National Lottery draw in May 2013, she went back to work as normal.
She hasn't even had a peek at her bank account even though the annual interest alone would add several digits to the already hefty balance.
"It still hasn't sunk in," she told the Irish Independent.
Apart from taking her five sons – Antony (25), Ian (23), Jamie (20), Christopher (17) and Ethan (9) – on a two-week trip to the Canary Islands, Ms Loran said the only indulgence she had allowed herself was a new car.
"I've never had a new car in my life," she said of splashing out on a Volvo S-60 last year. "It's a flashy car for me."
But she still lives in the same five-bedroom semi-detached house where she brought up her sons and still shops at Penneys and Dunnes Stores.
She does, however, treat herself to lunch now when she's working.
"I buy my lunch now, maybe a salad roll from Spar," she said.
But she insists there is no pressing need for her to rush out and buy a new house or wardrobe or go on an exotic holiday knowing that the money will always be there.
"I don't go near my bank account but I have loads of time to enjoy it," she said.
"I've never allowed myself to dream before. But I don't think of it at all."
The most important thing, she said, is that people – especially her sons – treat her no differently than before she was a millionaire several times over.