Wednesday 25 April 2018

'There has been a lot of celebrating' - Wexford bachelor collects €500k EuroMilions win

Philip Kavanagh from Bunclody, Wexford at National Lottery Offices, Dublin after he collected a cheque for €500,000 following his win on the EuroMillions Plus draw on January 9. 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 EuroMillions Plus draw on January 9. Photo Gareth Chaney Collins

Ian Begley

There were no Monday blues in the National Lottery winner's room today as Philip Kavanagh from Bunclody in Co Wexford collected a cheque for €500,000, following his massive win on the EuroMillions Plus draw on 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 claimed "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 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 half a million euro. 

"There has been a lot of celebrating ever since," he continued. 

"I am going to enjoy today with my family and friends tomorrow. I will be getting straight back into work to bring some normality back to my life.

"It's a very daunting amount of money to win, but at the moment I have no real plans.

"I'll be taking some time out and getting some sounds advice before I start spending," he promised. 

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