Monday 18 December 2017

Ireland's newest Lotto winner: 'I've a brand new Transit van arriving on Thursday'

Ecstatic carpenter Ger Murphy wins €6,384,673 Lotto Jackpot.
Ecstatic carpenter Ger Murphy wins €6,384,673 Lotto Jackpot.
Ecstatic Co. Mayo Carpenter Ger Murphy wins €6,384,673 Lotto Jackpot.

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Ireland's newest Lotto multi-millionaire has described how his life has changed for the better since he scooped the jackpot this week.

Gerry Murphy, a carpenter from Ballinrobe in Co Mayo bought the winning  €6m ticket at his brother-in-law's newsagent.

He told RTE's Marian Finucane that he was at his mother's house for breakfast when he checked his numbers and realised that he had won.

"The news that I had won was all over the town in about 10 minutes.

"Everyone was wishing me well and saying how delighted they are for me," he said.

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"When I checked my ticket in the newsagent the machine said 'Contact Lotto HQ'.

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"Then I asked my brother to check his laptop and as he read them out it all clicked and I realised that I had won," he said.

The winning numbers were 3, 7, 11, 33, 37 and 42 and the bonus number was 39.

Gerry has been playing the same numbers since the competition began.

"I have the cheque now but I won't feel like it's real until it clears.

"The bank manager was anxious to see me and chat to me, that was a turn up for the books," he said with a laugh.

Gerry is separated and said that he is on the lookout for a nice woman.

"I've a brand new Transit van arriving on Thursday, how could any woman say no to that?" he quipped.

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