Win­ner used €10 tip to buy lucky Lotto ticket

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

THE win­ner of €11.2 mil­lion in the Lotto had gone into an En­nikserry shop to spend a €10 tip from a happy cus­tomer.

The Na­tional Lot­tery has con­firmed that the win­ner is from County Wick­low. He stopped into the Spar at Tex­aco on Monastery Road to buy a chicken fil­let roll with the tip, spend­ing the change on a quick pick.

He and his fam­ily were in Lotto HQ on Mon­day to pick up their cheque for €11,225,280 - the high­est Lotto jack­pot prize in over two years.

The win­ners, who wish to keep their win pri­vate, don’t plan to give up work­ing.

One of the win­ning syn­di­cate mem­bers ex­plained how he only bought the lucky Quick Pick ticket be­cause of a tip he re­ceived from a sat­is­fied cus­tomer in work.

‘I was at work that morn­ing and a happy cus­tomer gave me a €10 tip so I de­cided to pop into the Spar garage to get my­self a chicken fil­let roll for my lunch and with the change, I got my­self a Lotto Quick Pick – it was a sim­ple act of kind­ness from a cus­tomer which led my fam­ily to a win of a life­time. It’s some­thing I will al­ways be grate­ful for,’ he said.

Radak Ga­wor, man­ager of the shop that sold the win­ning ticket, said that spec­u­la­tion has been rife in the area since the news was an­nounced.

‘There are dif­fer­ent ru­mours ever day, with dif­fer­ent names - lo­cal peo­ple and peo­ple from Dublin,’ he said. ‘Prob­a­bly we will never know, we will have to look out for a house ren­o­va­tion!’

He said that it’s very ex­cit­ing for who­ever has won the prize. ‘It’s great for who­ever it is,’ he said. ‘The week it was won was crazy, all the peo­ple were so cu­ri­ous,’ said Radak.

Despite win­ning Lotto for­tunes be­yond their wildest dreams, the Wick­low fam­ily have promised to stay grounded and will stay in their cur­rent fam­ily home and con­tinue to work as nor­mal, ‘We’re just a nor­mal fam­ily and while the win is life-chang­ing, it re­ally won’t change us all that much,’ said the man. ‘We have no in­ten­tion of giv­ing up work just yet and we’re cur­rently mak­ing some plans to ren­o­vate the house. You al­ways think that you’re go­ing to go mad and lose the run of your­self when you win the Lotto but at the top of our shop­ping list at the mo­ment is a new dish­washer and a new oven!’

Despite win­ning ton Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 21, it was an­other two days un­til the fam­ily checked their ticket:

‘I was sit­ting in the car eat­ing my lunch on the fol­low­ing Fri­day while I was read­ing the pa­per and I over­heard a con­ver­sa­tion on the ra­dio about the Lotto win in En­niskerry. My heart ab­so­lutely jumped out of my chest be­cause I knew that’s where I bought my ticket. I pulled my ticket out of my wal­let and checked the num­bers on the pa­per. I was ab­so­lutely speech­less. I just sat there in si­lence. It was such a mag­i­cal feel­ing, know­ing that you’ve just won a life-chang­ing sum of money as easy as that,’ he said.

‘I think ev­ery­body dreams about win­ning the Lotto. There are al­ways con­stant re­minders ev­ery­where which gives you that hope. Coin­ci­den­tally, my lo­cal rugby club re­cently has Na­tional Lot­tery fund­ing which was ob­vi­ously great for the com­mu­nity and it gave me an ex­tra rea­son to buy my ticket. No mat­ter how much you dream about win­ning the Lotto, you’re never quite pre­pared for it when it ac­tu­ally hap­pens. We’ve been get­ting some sound fi­nan­cial and le­gal ad­vice to en­sure we are best pre­pared for the next cou­ple of months.’

Na­tional Lot­tery rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jim O’Con­nor sprays the cham­pagne and cel­e­brates with Ken O’Con­nor (cen­tre), owner of the Spar Ser­vice Sta­tion in En­niskerry, and staff mem­bers.

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