Postman Pat has no plans to deliver letter of resignation -- despite his €7m Lotto fortune
Published 30/03/2011 | 05:00
THE country's wealthiest postman has no plans to quit the job he's held for 25 years -- despite scooping a €7m Lotto jackpot.
Pat Broderick yesterday revealed he owes his new-found riches to his four children -- because he won with numbers corresponding to their ages.
Pat and his wife Mary are still in shock after scooping half of last Saturday night's €14m jackpot.
No one has come forward yet with the other winning ticket which was sold in Kingscourt, Co Cavan.
Pat spoke to the Irish Independent at his home in Kinsale, Co Cork, midway through his routine mail deliveries yesterday as he savoured a well-earned cup of tea.
He later finished his round and is now taking an extended holiday which is expected to last a couple of months -- but he says he won't be giving up his job with An Post. Pat revealed that his six winning numbers were made up of his four children's ages -- 15, 21 and 23 (twins) years -- as well as his own age (45) and that of his wife Mary (44).
The sixth and final number was a random number selected just above his children's ages -- 25. This is also the number of years he has been with An Post.
"I played their ages or multiples of their ages when they were younger. I play the Lotto every single week," Pat explained.
"It was always our ages. That's what I did every time. I changed the numbers whenever their ages changed."
The couple have been married for 25 years and their children are twins Cliona and Ann-Marie (23), Louise (21) and Timothy (15).
Pat and Mary said they are intent on keeping their family grounded despite their massive win.
"I'll be keeping on the job. I was out at 7am today," Pat said.
The cool postman also did his full mail delivery route on Monday -- just 36 hours after he had scooped €7m.
"I do the normal route every day -- this is part of my route. I just stopped here (at home) because it's on my run and I have time for a quick cup of tea. Whether it is a busy day or a quiet day, you'll always need a cup of tea," he said.
Pat said people he delivered mail to yesterday were absolutely thrilled with his good fortune -- and his workmates were likewise delighted for him.
"They've been brilliant. They've been very nice about the whole thing," he said.
Pat -- a keen road-bowler -- said he has no immediate plans to dip into his winnings and splash out on expensive purchases like cars or holiday homes.
"We might go over to Boston to visit our daughter. She only went over there last week on a work-experience programme," he said.
Their only immediate plan for their winnings now is to pay off their bills.
"I suppose the first thing we will do is pay off the mortgage -- but that's the only thing we've thought about so far. Pay off the mortgage and pay the bills," Mary laughed.
A childcare manager, Mary looks after 40 children at the Kinsale Community Playschool. It is facing closure because two primary schools that are amalgamating need the space and she has been campaigning to locate a new premises in the town for when the lease expires in September.
And she has promised she will use some of her new-found wealth to ensure the kids don't lose their playschool.
"I'll certainly see what we can do to help secure a new premises, we won't let the kids down," she said.
The couple don't even have plans for a lavish Lotto jackpot party -- just a quiet celebration for family and close friends.
Pat admitted he doesn't intend to stop his weekly Lotto purchasing habit -- and doesn't intend leaving his job.
But he is taking a break.
A worker at Kinsale Post Office said the town's newest multi-millionaire would not be returning to work for a couple of months.
"He's finished today and he's going to take some time off. We'll be getting temporary staff in to replace him whilst he's away, but hopefully he'll be back after a couple of months," she said.
Pat bought his Lotto tickets at Smith's SuperValu which is located directly across the road from Kinsale Post Office.
Locals in Kinsale, Belgooly and Riverstick were thrilled at the identity of the local winners.
"Everyone is delighted that it is someone locally who bought the ticket and it is even better that it is an ordinary family with children. I wish them lots of luck with it," one Kinsale neighbour said.
Saturday's triumph was the 13th draw since the last National Lottery jackpot was won.
For those hoping to follow in Pat's footsteps, today's jackpot is €2m.