Sunday 11 December 2016

Your bus might be late today...the driver's now a millionaire

Published 04/07/2016 | 02:30

Dublin bus controllers Ingrid Doyle and Mark Drew at the Broadstone Depot. Photo: Tony Gavin
Dublin bus controllers Ingrid Doyle and Mark Drew at the Broadstone Depot. Photo: Tony Gavin

If your early morning number 25 or 66 or 67 bus didn't turn up today there's probably a good reason - your driver won the EuroMillions.

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Dublin Bus was bracing itself this morning for a few no-shows in the Broadstone Depot where 22 of its drivers scooped the EuroMillions jackpot of €24m at the weekend, landing them more than €1m each.

While none of the drivers were in work yesterday when the Herald called, everyone was delighted for their good fortune.

"They're all lovely lads and every one of them deserves it," said chief inspector Tony Carey.

"I wish them the best because it was a great scoop for them. It will be a big loss if we lose them all," he said with a laugh.

Tony said there are two separate syndicates on the go in the depot. One for management and one for the drivers.

"Our day will come too. Hopefully," he said.

But in fact the management syndicate of 50 is also celebrating a win in last Wednesday's National Lottery which netted them €134 each.

Buses lined up at Broadstone depot, where the lucky EuroMillions jackpot winners work. Photo: Tony Gavin
Buses lined up at Broadstone depot, where the lucky EuroMillions jackpot winners work. Photo: Tony Gavin

"We thought we were doing well until the lads landed the big one," said Mark Drew.

"Only two of the winners would be under 50. The most of them are in their 50s and 60s and have a long service behind them," he added.

"They mainly drive the 25, 66, 67, 38 and 39 routes in west Dublin around Lucan, Celbridge and Blanchardstown."

Another manager, John Walsh, said he had heard two of the winners had been in on Saturday and there was a great commotion as they were checking tickets, scarcely able to believe that they could be the winners.

Controller David McCarthy said he was pleased the massive prize fund was won by 22 people.

"It will mean something good for all of them. It's great that it got spread around.

"I don't think it will lead to early retirements, maybe they'll just treat themselves and their families and carry on as normal," he added.

Celebrate

David said there would have to be contingency plans put in place in case any of the winners decided to celebrate rather than work today.

Outside in the yard, the buses the men drive were parked up waiting for them.

In the common area they share in the depot there is a notice on the wall urging drivers to get their Lotto subscriptions in before Friday July 1.

"€17 won in the last four weeks" is written over it in biro. Somebody added an extra message to the notice yesterday - the words "Jammy B******s", accompanied by a smiley face.

Irish Independent

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