Enniscorthy Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By BREN­DAN KEANE

THERE is great ex­cite­ment around Clon­roche vil­lage af­ter Ka­vanagh’s Vil­lage Fore­court ser­vice sta­tion sold the win­ning ticket in the Mil­lion­aire Raf­fle which took place on New Year’s eve.

The owner of the ticket, who is from Co Wex­ford but who wishes to re­main anony­mous, said that from the mo­ment he bought the ticket early in De­cem­ber he had a feel­ing it was go­ing to be lucky.

The first three dig­its of the ticket were 191 - like a new car reg­is­tra­tion num­ber - and the lucky punter said he thought to him­self at the time ‘I’ll have a win­ner on this’.

‘At about 11 p.m. in New Year’s eve I checked the num­ber and the sec­ond I saw the win­ning num­ber I knew it was me,’ he said.

‘Af­ter dou­ble-check­ing I ran down­stairs to my wife and just said “do you want to shake hands with a mil­lion­aire?”,’ he added.

The man said that he is over the moon to have won but his lucky break hasn’t phased him and he is keep­ing his feet firmly on the ground.

‘Maybe it hasn’t re­ally sunk in yet and I might be dif­fer­ent when I see all those zeros added to my bank bal­ance,’ he said.

He plans to wait un­til it has all sunk in be­fore de­cid­ing what to do with the money, how­ever, he does plan to look af­ter his fam­ily and help his chil­dren out with their mort­gages.

It’s a dream start to the New Year and com­ment­ing on the win co-owner of Ka­vanagh’s Vil­lage Fore­court, Rita Greene, said it’s hard to be­lieve the shop recorded its sec­ond lotto win­ner af­ter hav­ing na­tional lot­tery suc­cess nine years ago.

‘ This is bring­ing back mem­o­ries of the ex­cite­ment when we sold the win­ning lotto jack­pot in Novem­ber, 2010,’ she said.

‘What a great way to start off 2019 for one of our cus­tomers,’ she added.

‘It’s a dream start to the year.’

The own­ers of the ser­vice sta­tion Jack and Rita Greene (2nd and 3rd from left) with staff and lo­cal shop­pers Ann Fen­lon, Ken Mur­phy, Mick Cog­ley, Char­lene Travers (staff) and Mary Car­ton.

The de­lighted own­ers of Ka­vanagh’s Vil­lage Fore­court in Clon­roche, Jack and Rita Greene.

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