Postman Pat celebrates €7m win with a stroll
IN the middle of the bedlam -- the popping champagne corks, the flashing cameras and the frenzied hubbub -- Ireland's luckiest postman had to take a moment away from it all.
So he calmly set off up the street for a stroll and a quiet cigarette, leaving the photographers scratching their heads as to his whereabouts.
It was a lot to take in. €7,018,618 to be precise.
But Ireland's latest multi-millionaire Pat Broderick (47) from Kinsale, Co Cork, took it all in his stride as he collected his considerable winnings yesterday at the National Lottery headquarters in Dublin.
Lucky for him that he hadn't taken a friend up on his kind offer of €5 in exchange for his winning lotto ticket which Pat had originally thought had been a paltry match three numbers win in last Saturday's jackpot, otherwise this story might have had a different ending.
Lucky too, that his "birthday" numbers hadn't come up a couple of weeks down the line because with Pat's own birthday coming up on April 10, he would have made a change to those numbers.
It was only when he and his wife Mary sat down in front of the computer at home on Sunday night and realised that every single one of their numbers had come up that they realised just how much their luck had changed.
And so he, Mary, daughter Christine (23), mother Angela (73), sisters, brother, nephews and nieces were celebrating yesterday.
Has it sunk in now? "Not really -- it might never sink in," Pat confessed with a laugh.
But he's feeling fairly calm about it all the same.
"I'm just that kind of a guy. I'm always easy-going. Why should I change?" he asked.
"It's life-changing but maybe not for me," he added philosophically.
With seven in his family, four children of his own and his wife's family, the money will go a long way. Plans are being made to spend it on "big things and small things", he said.
Top of the list is a set of golf clubs for his son Timothy (15) who couldn't make it up to Dublin yesterday because he had a GAA match. Pat says he might even join a golf club.
"I used to play but I couldn't afford it," he said.