Monday 23 April 2018

Bachelor 'refused to believe' €500,000 win until he saw 'town buzzing'

Philip Kavanagh from Bunclody, Wexford at National Lottery Offices, Dublin after he collected a cheque for €500,000 following his win on the Euro Millions Plus draw. Photo Gareth Chaney, Collins
Philip Kavanagh from Bunclody, Wexford at National Lottery Offices, Dublin after he collected a cheque for €500,000 following his win on the Euro Millions Plus draw. Photo Gareth Chaney, Collins

Ian Begley

There were no Monday blues in the National Lottery winner's room yesterday as Philip Kavanagh from Bunclody, Co Wexford, collected a cheque for €500,000, following his win on the EuroMillions Plus draw last Tuesday.

Mr Kavanagh (46), who runs his own engineering business in Co Wexford, was joined at National Lottery headquarters by his sister Eilish Doran and his niece and nephew, Amy and John Doran, as the eligible bachelor collected "the biggest win" of his life.

"I still can't believe it," he said.

"When I got up on Wednesday morning, I turned on the teletext to check my EuroMillions ticket from the previous night.

"There they all were, five of my numbers all in a row and I just refused to believe that I had won it.

"I quickly grabbed my ticket and popped down the town and the whole place was already buzzing with the news of the win so I knew it had to be me," he said.

The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at the EuroSpar store in Market Square in Bunclody, Co Wexford, on the day of the draw.

Despite the huge win, the engineer promised that normality would resume the day after he picked up his cheque for €500,000 from the Lotto headquarters.

Irish Independent

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