Sunday 17 December 2017

Youngest-ever jackpot winner bags €300,000 on game show

Gareth Naughton

WINNING Streak's youngest ever jackpot winner was celebrating at the weekend after walking away with almost €300,000.

Student Dermott Walsh (20) from Cavan town won the tidy sum after the ball landed in the elusive €250,000 spot on Saturday night's show. Lotto chiefs believe that he is the youngest player ever to bag the big prize on the show.

Speaking on his way back to college last night, Mr Walsh said that it had yet to sink in. A student of marketing, PR and event management in Sligo Institute of Technology, he is now considering his options after the life-changing win.

"I thought I would walk away with the €20,000 minimum. I am not sure what I am going to do with it yet. I might buy a house but I am not sure yet. I am weighing up my options. I am planning on going to New York with my girlfriend for a holiday and I'm also going to visit family in New Zealand," he said.

Mockery

Making a mockery of thousands of Cavan man jokes, Walsh said he is planning on using his unexpected windfall to help out his family.

His generosity also extended to a tab behind the bar at Duggan's Flying Saucer bar on Saturday night, where family and friends celebrated the win well into the early hours.

He earned his place on the show after sending in "three or four" tickets having forgotten about them for weeks. A friend texted him when his name was pulled out of the drum, but he thought it was a joke until he saw a repeat.

"I went bananas," he said.

Walsh's luck was definitely in on Saturday night. He had already been one of the big winners on the show having amassed €49,100 in cash before he even stepped up to spin the wheel. With just seven €250,000 segments to be had, the odds were against the Cavan man winning big.

"I can remember spinning the wheel and the next thing, I had my family around me and my mother was crying," he said.

Irish Independent

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